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Gekko scientiadventura RÖSLER, ZIEGLER, VU, HERRMANN & BÖHME, 2004

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymGekko scientiadventura RÖSLER, ZIEGLER, VU, HERRMANN & BÖHME 2004
Gekko scientiadventura — LUU et al. 2014
Gekko scientiadventura — RÖSLER 2018: 82
Gekko (Japonigekko) scientiadventura — WOOD et al. 2019 
DistributionVietnam (Quang Binh Province), probably adjacent Laos

Type locality: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam.  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 76198, paratypes in ZFMK and VNUH, ZMB 79566 (formerly ZFMK) 
DiagnosisCharacteristic features. The small-bodied species is the only known Vietnamese Gekko without dorsal tubercles. Furthermore, G. scientiadventura is characterized by its slender habitus, a distinctly depressed body in combination with considerably enlarged dorsal scales, and a depressed head that is distinctly broader than neck; unregenerated tail always longer than head-body length, slighty depressed, not constricted at its base and not thickened; lateral fold weak; digits and toes slightly webbed at the base, only interspace between toes 4 and 5 not webbed, all digits and toes, except the inner ones, clawed; 14-17 subdigital lamellae below fourth toe; 5-8 preanal pores, nostril touches rostral, no internasals, and posterior ciliaries spiny; dorsum yellowish to brownish in life, seven large light spots dorsally that may be expanded to lateral narrow wavy bands, and tail with 7-10 light crossbands; gular region as well as parts of venter marbled [from ZIEGLER et al. 2006]. 
EtymologyNamed after the German TV program “Abenteuer Wissen” (= adventure science), latinized “scientiadventura” where the gecko was shown first. 
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • Heidrich, A. 2007. Abschlussbericht der Diplomarbeit “Etho-Ökologie und Morphologie ausgewählter Echsenarten im Phong Nha - Ke Bang Nationalpark, Vietnam”. Elaphe 15 (4): 53-58
  • 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; THOMAS CALAME, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, MINH DUC LE, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2014. A new species of the Gekko japonicus group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from central Laos. Zootaxa 3895 (1): 073–088 - 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
  • NGO, VAN TRI; PHAM HONG THAI, ANORATH PHIMVOHAN, PATRICK DAVID & ALEXANDRE TEYNIÉ 2015. Gekko aaronbaueri, a new gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from central Laos. Zootaxa 3914 (2): 144–156 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • NGUYEN, TRUONG QUANG; YING-YONG WANG, JIAN-HUAN YANG, TANJA LEHMANN, MINH DUC LE, THOMAS ZIEGLER, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI 2013. A new species of the Gekko japonicus group (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the border region between China and Vietnam. Zootaxa 3652 (5): 501–518 - 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
  • Rösler, H. 2018. Haftbar -- Die einzigartige Welt der Geckos. Begleitheft zur Ausstellung im Naturkundemuseum Erfurt Mai-Aug 2018, 96 pp.
  • Rösler, H.; Ziegler, T., Vu, N.T.; Herrmann, H.-W. & Böhme, W. 2004. A new lizard of the genus Gekko Laurenti, 1768 (Squamata: Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 53 (1/2): 135-148 - get paper here
  • Thompson, C. & Thompson, T. 2008. First contact in the Greater Mekong - new species discoveries. WWF, 40 pp. - get paper here
  • van Tri, Ngo & Gamble, T. 2011. Gekko canaensis sp. nov. (Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new gecko from Southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 2890: 53–64 - get paper here
  • Werning, H. 2006. Neu beschriebene Reptilien und Amphibien aus Vietnam. Reptilia (Münster) 11 (57): 4-5 - 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 - get paper here
  • YANG, JIAN-HUAN; YING-YONG WANG, TIAN-DU ZHANG, YAN-JUN SUN & SHI-SHI LIN 2012. Genetic and morphological evidence on the species validity of Gekko melli Vogt, 1922, with notes on its diagnosis and range extension (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 3505: 67–74 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, Thomas; Annemarie Ohler; Vu Ngoc Thanh; Le Khac Quyet; Nguyen Xuan Thuan; Dinh Huy Tri & Bui Ngoc Thanh 2006. Review of the amphibian and reptile diversity of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and adjacent areas, central Truong Son, Vietnam. Herpetologica Bonnensis II: 247-262 - get paper here
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