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Gekko bonkowskii LUU, CALAME, NGUYEN, LE & ZIEGLER, 2015

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesEnglish: Bonkowski’s Gecko
Laotian: Kap Ke Bonkowski
German: Bonkowskis Gecko 
SynonymGekko bonkowskii LUU, CALAME, NGUYEN, LE & ZIEGLER 2015
Gekko (Japonigekko) bonkowskii — WOOD et al. 2019
Gekko (Japonigekko) bonkowskii — WOOD et al. 2020 
DistributionC Laos (Khammouane)

Type locality: karst forest near Thakhek Town (17°27.260’N, 104°56.265’E, at an elevation of 146 m), Khammouane Province, central Laos  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: VNUF (originally as VFU) R.2014.10, adult male, collected by Vinh Quang Luu and Thomas Calame on 6 June 2014. Paratype. NUOL R-2015.1, adult female, the same data as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Gekko bonkowskii sp. nov. differs from its relatives by a combination of the following characters: a medium-sized gecko species (SVL 66.7 mm in the male, 69.2 mm in the female); nares touching rostral; internasals absent; postmentals enlarged; dorsal tubercles absent; ventral scale rows from mental to cloacal slit 154–169; scale rows around midbody 110–116; ventral scale rows 37–40; webbing weakly developed between fingers and toes; dorsal surface of limbs and tail without tubercles; precloacal pores six in a continuous row in the male, absent in the female; postcloacal tubercles 0–2; subcaudals enlarged; dorsum with black and grey blotches.

Comparisons: see Luu et al. 2015: 285. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe new Gekko species is named after Professor Dr. Michael Bonkowski from the Zoological Institute, University of Cologne, Germany to acknowledge his engagement for herpetological and ecological research in the Indochina region. 
  • Kwet, A. 2016. Liste der im Jahr 2015 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2016 (3): 56-67 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; THOMAS CALAME, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, MINH DUC LE& THOMAS ZIEGLER 2015. Morphological and molecular review of the Gekko diversity of Laos with descriptions of three new species. Zootaxa 3986 (3): 279–306 - get paper here
  • LUU, VINH QUANG; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2017. A new karst dwelling species of the Gekko japonicus group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from central Laos. Zootaxa 4263 (1): 179-193 - 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
  • 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
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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