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Gekko badenii SZCZERBAK & NEKRASOVA, 1994

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Golden Gecko 
SynonymGekko badenii SZCZERBAK & NEKRASOVA 1994: 49
Gekko ulikovskii DAREVSKY & ORLOV 1994
Gekko ulikovskii — RÖSLER 2000: 82
Gekko badenii — RÖSLER 2000: 81
Gekko badenii — NGO & GAMBLE 2011
Gekko (Sundagekko) badenii — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Lomatodactylus) badenii — WOOD et al. 2020 
DistributionS Vietnam (Tây Ninh Province, Kien Giang), Cambodia ?

Type locality: Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province and “Gilai-Con Tum Province” (now Kon Tum Province) near the border with Laos and Cambodia.  
TypesHolotype: IEBR 1555 (also given as SR 3561) 
CommentSimilar species: Gekko badenii is closely related to G. petricolus.

Group: G. petricolus group (Meesook et al. 2021).

Distribution: not in Laos fide Luu et al. 2015.

Priority: The name G. badenii was published on April 15 while G. ulikovskii was published on May 15, 1994, hence the former has priority.

Type locality of G. ulikovskii: NW Gliai-Contum Province, C Vietnam. The type locality is near the borders of Laos and Cambodia and thus the species may occur there as well.

Trade: Although Gekko ulikovskii is a commonly traded species, there appear to be mostly males in the pet trade (at a ratio of 1:12 or smaller for females/males; HOFMANN 2006).

Karyotype: Chrostek et al. 2023. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality.
Gekko ulikovskii was named after Russian amateur herpetologist Dimitri Ulikovsky. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • Bonetti, Mathilde 2002. 100 Sauri. Mondadori (Milano), 192 pp. - get paper here
  • Chrostek G, Domaradzka A, Yurchenko A, Kratochvíl L, Mazzoleni S, Rovatsos M 2023. Cytogenetic Analysis of Seven Species of Gekkonid and Phyllodactylid Geckos. Genes 14 (1): 178 - get paper here
  • Darevsky, I. S. & N. L. Orlov 1994. Eine bemerkenswerte neue, großwüchsige Art der Gattung Gekko: Gekko ulikovskii s. Salamandra 30 (1): 71-75 - get paper here
  • Grossmann, W. 1996. Beobachtungen an Gekko ulikovskii Darewski & Orlov, 1994. Sauria 18 (2): 31-34 - get paper here
  • Hofmann, T. 2006. Erfolgreiche Haltung und Vermehrung von Gekko ulikovskii DAREVSKY & ORLOV, 1994 im Terrarium. Sauria 28 (2): 15-24 - get paper here
  • Hofmann, Thomas 2009. Der Vietnam-Goldgecko. Vivaria Verlag, 64 pp.
  • Kreuzer, M. & Grossmann, W. 2003. Beobachtungen an Gekko ulikovskii DAREWSKI & ORLOW 1994 und Gekko grossmanni GÜNTHER 1994 im Terrarium. Sauria 25 (3): 3-11 - get paper here
  • KREUZER, M., W. GROSSMANN & T. HOFMANN 2013. Terrarienbeobachtungen an Gekko badenii (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Sauria 35 (3): 41-47 - get paper here
  • Ngo, van Tri & Gamble, T. 2011. Gekko canaensis sp. nov. (Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new gecko from Southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 2890: 53–64
  • Nguyen, Quang Truong; Andreas Schmitz & Wolfgang Böhme 2010. Gekko ulikovskii Darevsky & Orlov, 1994: a junior synonym of Gekko badenii Szczerbak & Nekrasova, 1994. Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (1): 15-17 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • NGUYEN, V. D. H., NGUYEN, L. T., ORLOV, N. L., MURPHY, R. W., & NGUYEN, S. N. 2021. Gekko phuyenensis sp.nov.(Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new species from southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 4966 (2): 175-186 - get paper here
  • PANITVONG, NONN; MONTRI SUMONTHA, KANOKORN KONLEK & KIRATI KUNYA 2010. Gekko lauhachindai sp. nov., a new cave-dwelling gecko (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from central Thailand. Zootaxa 2671: 40–52 - get paper here
  • Pogoda, P. 2011. Erfahrungen mit Haltung und Nachzucht des Vietna.m-Goldgeckos. Reptilia (Münster) 16 (89): 52-59 - get paper here
  • Rafe M. Brown, Cameron D. Siler, Indraneil Das, Yong Min 2012. Testing the phylogenetic affinities of Southeast Asia’s rarest geckos: Flap-legged geckos (Luperosaurus), Flying geckos (Ptychozoon) and their relationship to the pan-Asian genus Gekko. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63: 915-921 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rujirawan, Attapol; Jonathan J. Fong, Natee Ampai, Siriporn Yodthong, Korkhwan Termprayoon & Anchalee Aowphol 2019. A new karst-dwelling gecko of the Gekko petricolus group (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Phitsanulok Province, central Thailand. J. Nat. Hist. 53: 557–576 (2019) - get paper here
  • Shcherbak N N. [= Szczerbak] & Nekrasova O. D. 1994. A contribution to the knowledge of gekko lizards of southern Vietnam with description of a new species (Reptilia, Gekkonidae) [in Russian]. Vestnik Zoologii, Kiev 1994 (1): 48-52.
  • Wood Jr, Perry L.; Xianguang Guo, Scott L. Travers, Yong-Chao Su, Karen V. Olson, Aaron M. Bauer, L. Lee Grismer, Cameron D. Siler, Robert G. Moyle, Michael J. Andersen, Rafe M. Brown 2019. Parachute geckos free fall into synonymy: Gekko phylogeny, and a new subgeneric classification, inferred from thousands of ultraconserved elements. bioRxiv 717520 [preprint] - get paper here
  • Wood, P. L., Guo, X., Travers, S. L., Su, Y. C., Olson, K. V., Bauer, A. M., Grismer, L. L., Siler, C. D., Moyle, R. G., Andersen, M. J. and Brown, R. M. 2020. Parachute geckos free fall into synonymy: Gekko phylogeny, and a new subgeneric classification, inferred from thousands of ultraconserved elements. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 146: 106731 [corrigendum: MPE 164: 107255] - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T., RAUHAUS, A., NGUYEN, T.Q. & NGUYEN, K.V. 2015. Südlichster Nachweis von Gekko badenii SZCZERBAK & NEKRASOVA, 1994, mit Bemerkungen zur Herpetofauna der Hon-Me-Auffangstation in der Provinz Kien Giang, Südvietnam. Sauria 37 (2): 3 - 14 - get paper here
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