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Cyrtodactylus thochuensis NGO VAN TRI & GRISMER, 2012

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Thochu Bent–toed Gecko
Vietnamese: Thằn lằn chân ngón Thổ Chu 
SynonymCyrtodactylus thochuensis NGO VAN TRI & GRISMER 2012 
DistributionSW Vietnam (Kien Giang: Tho Chu Island)

Type locality: Tho Chu Island, Phu Quoc district, Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve, Kien Giang Province, southwestern Vietnam; 9°18’56’’N 103°28’53’’E, at ~80 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: ITBCZ 2300, adult male collected by Ngo Van Tri at 19:25 on 15 August, 2009. Paratypes. ITBCZ 2301–2306 collected by Ngo Van Tri at 20:00, from the same locality and the same date as the holotype. ITBCZ 2205 and 2206 were collected by Ngo Van Tri at 18:46 on 20 July 2008 at the same locality as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Adult SVL 80.0–81.8 mm; body relatively robust; limbs and digits short, relatively robust; dorsal pattern consisting of 3–5 irregularly shaped yellowish brown bands between the limbs overlaying a brown background; original tail very long with 12–14 yellowish white bands alternating with dark brown bands; 3–6 intersu- pranasals in broad contact with supranasals; 3–5 scales bordered posteriorly by the first postmental; 20–26 irregularly aligned rows of strongly keeled dorsal tubercles; 29–34 paravertebral tubercles; 30–40 ventral scales between ventrolateral folds; no precloacal groove; 3–5 precloacal pore-bearing scales in lateral contact with 15–17 enlarged femoral scales; enlarged scales on heel; 13 or 14 distal subdigital lamellae on the first toe; 17–19 distal subdigital lamellae on the fourth toe; and dorsal caudal tubercles extending 32.3% down length of tail. Median sub- caudal scales form enlarged transverse plates [NGO VAN TRI & GRISMER 2012]. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is derived from Tho Chu Island, the type locality. 
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • NGO, VAN TRI & L. LEE GRISMER 2012. A new endemic species of Cyrtodactylus Gray (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Tho Chu Island, southwestern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3228: 48–60 - get paper here
  • PHUNG, TRUNG MY; MONA VAN SCHINGEN,, THOMAS ZIEGLER, & TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN 2014. A third new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Ba Den Mountain, Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3764 (3): 347–363 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T.; TRUNG MY PHUNG, MINH DUC LE, Truong QUang Nguyen 2013. A new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Phu Yen Province, southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3686 (4): 432–446 - get paper here
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