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Gekko vietnamensis SANG, 2010

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Vietnam Gecko
Vietnamese: Tac ke viet nam. 
SynonymGekko vietnamensis SANG 2010
Gekko (Japonigekko) vietnamensis — WOOD et al. 2019 (incertae sedis) 
DistributionVietnam (An Giang)

Type locality: Tức Dụp Hill (10°22'35.1"N, 104°57'35.3"E; 43 m elevation), An Giang Province, southern Vietnam.  
TypesHolotype: ITBCZ 667, adult male, collected on 2 August 2008, by Nguyen Ngoc Sang. Paratypes. ITBCZ 668–670, ITBCZ 700–702—six adult males, ITBCZ 671—adult female, same data as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Gekko vietnamensis sp. nov. has the following diagnostic characters: a medium size (SVL up to 91 mm); lack of precloacal and femoral pores, no enlarged femoral scales; rostral touching nostril; 11–12 supralabials, 10–11 infralabials; body slender with four unclear transverse bands on the back and 28–30 scales across mid-belly; 18–20 undivided transverse lamellae under the fourth toe, digits free; and tail longer than snout-vent length with enlarged undivided transverse subcaudal scales. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymologynamed after its origin in Vietnam. 
  • 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
  • Nguyen, Thomas Ziegler & Truong Quang; 2010. New discoveries of amphibians and reptiles from Vietnam. Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (2): 137–147 - 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
  • 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
  • Sang, Nguyen Ngoc 2010. A new poreless species of Gekko Laurenti, 1768 (Gekkonidae: Squamata) from An Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 2501: 54–60 - 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
  • 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
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