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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus vilaphongi SCHNEIDER, NGUYEN, DUC LE, NOPHASEUD, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER 2014 
DistributionLaos (Prabang)

Type locality: Near Ban Xieng Muak (19°48.772’N, 102°06.181’E, elevation 597 m), Luang Prabang District, Luang Prabang Province, Laos  
TypesHolotype: IEBR A.2013.103, adult female, collected by Truong Quang Nguyen and Vilaphong Kanyasone on 16 August 2013. Paratype. NUOL R-2013.5, adult female, collected by Truong Quang Nguyen, Nicole Schneider, Liphone Nophaseud, Vilaphong Kanyasone on 10 August 2013, the same locality as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. The new species can be distinguished from all congeners on the basis of the following combination of characters: maximum SVL 86.1 mm, supralabials 9 or 10; infralabials 7–9; dorsal tubercles in 15 or 16 rows at midbody; ventral scale rows 34–36 at midbody; precloacal groove absent; femoral scales not distinctly enlarged; precloacal pores absent in females (unknown in males); subdigital lamellae under the fourth finger 18 or 19, under the fourth toe 18–20; subcaudals not transversally enlarged; dorsal bands white, 4 or 5 between limb insertions plus another one between hind limbs; tail banded. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe new species is named in honour of Mr. Vilaphong Kanyasone, a staff of Provincial Natural Resources and Environmental Office of Luang Prabang Province, Laos, who collected the holotype and provided a great support for our field research in Laos. 
  • Kwet, Axel 2015. Liste der im Jahr 2014 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (3): 50-64 - get paper here
  • 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
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; Truong QUang Nguyen, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2016. A new species of karst-dwelling bent-toed gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khammouane Province, central Laos. Zootaxa 4079 (1): 087–102 - 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
  • Schneider, N.; Nguyen, T.Q., Le Duc, M.; Nophaseud, L., Bonkowski, M. & Ziegler, T. 2014. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the karst forest of northern Laos. Zootaxa 3835 (1): 080–096 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T & Nguyen, QT 2015. Neues von den Forschungs- und Naturschutzprojekten in Vietnam und Laos. Zeitschrift des Kölner Zoos 2015 (2): 79-
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