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Cyrtodactylus wangkulangkulae SUMONTHA, PAUWELS, SUWANNAKARN, NUTATHEERA & SODOB, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesThai: Took-kai Sansareeya
E: Wangkulangkul’s bent-toed gecko
F: Cyrtodactyle de Wangkulangkul 
SynonymCyrtodactylus wangkulangkulae SUMONTHA, PAUWELS, SUWANNAKARN, NUTATHEERA & SODOB 2014 
DistributionS Thailand (Satun)

Type locality: entrance of a limestone cave near Wangsaithong Waterfall (= Namtok Wang Sai Thong) (07° 03.925’ N, 99° 05.037’ E), Amphoe (= District) Manang, Satun Province, southern Thailand  
TypesHolotype: THNHM 22547; adult female. Collected by Thanin Kaewmanee on 5 September 2009. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus wangkulangkulae sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other congeneric species by the unique combination of characters including its maximal known SVL of 73.9 mm; unkeeled dorsal tubercles arranged in 10 regular longitudinal rows at midbody; dorsal tubercles occurring from shoulder region on to tail base, absent on postocular region, crown, occiput and limbs; 38 midbody scale rows across belly between ventrolateral skin folds; median subcaudal scales transversely enlarged; series of enlarged femoral scales separated from enlarged precloacal scales by a diastema; absence of femoral and precloacal pores; absence of precloacal groove; complex blotched and banded dorsal pattern including four dark bands between limbs insertions; long tail (1.34 times SVL) with 9 light rings; and bluish grey iris. 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet, formed in the feminine genitive, honors our friend and colleague Professor Sansareeya Wangkulangkul of the Prince of Songkhla University for her contributions to the herpetology of Thailand. 
  • 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
  • SUMONTHA, MONTRI; OLIVIER S. G. PAUWELS, NIKORN SUWANNAKARN, THAMMARAT NUTATHEERA & WATCHIRA SODOB 2014. Cyrtodactylus wangkulangkulae (Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new Bent-toed Gecko from Satun Province, southern Thailand. Zootaxa 3821 (1): 116–124 - get paper here
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