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Cyrtodactylus thuongae PHUNG, VAN SCHINGEN, ZIEGLER & NGUYEN, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus thuongae PHUNG, VAN SCHINGEN, ZIEGLER & NGUYEN 2014 
DistributionS Vietnam (Tay Ninh)

Type locality: rocky cave from Ba Den Mountain, Thanh Tan Ward, Tay Ninh Town, Tay Ninh Province (11°21'52"N 106°10'27"E), southern Vietnam, at an elevation of 600 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: IEBR A.2013.23, adult male, collected on 14 May 2013 by T.M. Phung; Paratypes. IEBR A.2013.24, adult female, IEBR A.2013.25, adult female, VNMN A.2013.12, adult female, were collected on 16 December 2012; VNMN A.2013.13, adult male, ZFMK 94994–94997, adult females, and ZFMK 94998–94999, subadults, were collected on 14 May 2013 by T.M. Phung, the same collection data as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A medium-sized Cyrtodactylus with a maximum SVL of 77.6 mm, distinguished from all congeners by a combination of the following characters: 1) dorsal pattern consisting of irregular blotches on dorsum and occiput; nuchal loop sometimes interrupted medially; 2) precloacal pore absent or one in males; 3) femoral pore series separated from precloacal pore series, 0–3 on each thigh in males; 4) ventrals in 29–44 longitudinal rows at midbody; 5) lateral skin folds present, without interspersed tubercles; 6) dorsal tubercles in 16–18 irregular rows; 7) enlarged femoral scales and precloacal scales present; 8) postcloacal spurs two or three; 9) subcaudal scales slightly enlarged; and 10) precloacal groove absent. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe species name is dedicated to the wife of the first author, Dr. Thuong Thi Lien Nguyen from University of Food Industry, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for support of his field research in Vietnam. 
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; THOMAS CALAME, Truong QUang Nguyen, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2015. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the limestone forest of Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4058 (3): 388–402 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • SCHNEIDER, NICOLE; TRUNG MY PHUNG, MINH DUC LE,TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2014. A new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khanh Hoa Province, southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3785 (4): 518–532 - get paper here
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