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Goniurosaurus catbaensis ZIEGLER, TRUONG, SCHMITZ, STENKE, RÖSLER, 2008

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Cat Ba Leopard Gecko 
SynonymGoniurosaurus catbaensis ZIEGLER, TRUONG, SCHMITZ, STENKE, RÖSLER 2008
Goniurosaurus catbaensis — NGO et al. 2016 
DistributionVietnam (Cat Ba Island; Quang Ninh)

Type locality: Cat Ba Island, Cat Hai District, Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam, Tra Bau Ranger Station in Ong Bi valley at an elevation of ca. 10–20 m above sea level.  
TypesHolotype: IEBR A.0717, an adult male, collected by Roswitha Stenke, Nguyen Quang Truong and Thomas Ziegler on 23 May 2007. Paratypes: ZFMK 87056, adult male, MHNG, VNUH 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of the genus Goniurosaurus, characterized by a combination of the following characters: 1) gracile body and limbs; 2) thin, posteriorly protracted nuchal loop; 3) three (or four) thin immaculate dorsal body bands between limb insertions, without dark spotting and with dark, narrow border surrounding the body bands; 4) mottled dorsal surface and maculate limbs; 5) head pattern consisting of a dark marbling; 6) iris orange-brown; 7) lack of postrostral (internasal) scales (supranasals meeting in midline behind the rostral suture); 8) 5–6 nasal scales surrounding the nare; 9) greatly enlarged row of supraorbital tubercles; 10) outer surface of the upper eyelid composed of granular scales of about the same size of those on top of head and with a longish row of 6–9 enlarged tubercles; 11) 52–55 eyelid fringe scales; 12) 8–9 supralabials, and 6–8 sublabials; 13) granular body scales, with 8–11 granular scales surrounding the dorsal tubercles; 14) deep axillary pockets; 15) long, thin digits with wide subdigital lamellae and claws being sheathed by four scales; 16) 16–21 precloacal pores. 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
  • Chen, Tian-Bo; Yuan-Jun Meng, Ke Jiang,, Pi-Peng Li, Bo-Hao Wen, Wenhua Lu, James Lazell, and Mian Hou 2014. New Record of the Leopard Gecko Goniurosaurus araneus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) for China and habitat partitioning between geographically and Phylogenetically Close Leopard Geckos. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 21 (1): 16–27
  • Janssen J, Indenbaum RA, 2018. Endemic Vietnamese Reptiles in Commercial Trade. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity - get paper here
  • Ngo HN, Le TQ, Pham ML, Nguyen TQ, Le MD, van Schingen M, Ziegler T. 2019. First record of the Cat Ba Tiger Gecko, Goniurosaurus catbaensis, from Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam: microhabitat selection, potential distribution, and evidence of threats. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13(2) [General Section]: 1–13 (e183)
  • Ngo HN, Ziegler T, Nguyen TQ, Pham CT, Nguyen TT, Le MD, van Schingen M. 2016. First population assessment of two cryptic Tiger Geckos (Goniurosaurus) from northern Vietnam: Implications for conservation. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 10(1) [General Section]: 34–45 (e120) - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Orlov, Nikolai L., Sergei A. Ryabov, Thien T. Nguyen, Quang T. Nguyen and Thu C. Ho. 2008. A new species of Goniurosaurus (Sauria: Gekkota: Eublepharidae) from north Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpetol. 15 (3):229-244 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 2017. Gecko-Chorologie (Squamata: Gekkota). Gekkota (4): 1-160
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