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

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

Type locality: karst forest of Bualapha Town (17°19.444’N, 105°41.576’E, at an elevation of 210 m), Khammouane Province, central Laos.  
TypesHolotype: VNUF (originally as VFU) R.2014.14, adult male, collected by Vinh Quang Luu and Thidtavanh Suliyavong on 20 June 2014. Paratypes. Two adult males NUOL R-2015.3, IEBR A.2015.33 and one adult female VFU R.2014.16, the same data as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Gekko sengchanthavongi sp. nov. can be distinguished from its congeners in the Gekko japonicus group by a combination of the following characters: a medium-sized gecko species (SVL 67.7–77.3 mm); nares in contact with rostral; internasals absent; postmentals enlarged; supralabials 8–10; infralabials 6 or 7; dorsal tubercles absent; ventral scale rows from mental to cloacal slit 175–184; scale rows around midbody 120–135; ventral scale rows 35–43; webbing weakly developed between fingers and toes; tubercles on dorsal surface of limbs and tail absent; precloacal pores 3+1 or 3+2 in the males, separated from each other by one poreless scales, absent in the female; postcloacal tubercles 2/2; subcaudals enlarged; dorsum with dark bars. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyWe name the new species in honour of Mr. Sinnasone Sengchanthavong, Natural Resources and Environment Department of Khammouane Province, Laos, in recognition of his great support of our field research in Hin Nam No NPA. 
  • 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
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