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Goniurosaurus huuliensis ORLOV, RYABOV, NGUYEN, NGUYEN & HO, 2008

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymGoniurosaurus huuliensis ORLOV, RYABOV, NGUYEN, NGUYEN & HO 2008 
DistributionNE Vietnam (Lang Son)

Type locality: Huu Lien Nature Reserve, Huu Lung district, Lang Son Province, northeastern Vietnam (21°41’ 55.2’’ N 106°22’ 43.8’’ E), 370 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: ZISP 24654, an adult male, in June 2003, by Nikolai Orlov, Sergei A. Ryabov and Ho Thu Cuc. Paratypes. ZISP 24655, IEBR A.0819 (24656), IEBR A.0820 (24657) (three adult males), ZISP 24658 (adult female) collected from Huu Lien-Yen Thinh Nature Reserve, Huu Lung district, Lang Son province, Vietnam, 21°41’ 55.2’’ N 106°22’ 43.8’’ E, 300 – 370 m elevation, in June 2003 by, Nikolay L. Orlov, Sergei A. Ryabov and Ho Tu Cuc. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A species of the genus Goniurosaurus, characterized by a combination of the following characters: long, slim, thin body; wide, posteriorly rounded nuchal loop; three distinct, wide, immaculate dorsal body bands between the nuchal loop and the hind limb (three immaculate dorsal body bands between limb insertions); spots on the dorsal surface of the body not pronounced, noticeable only on the head and in the zone of contact of light belly and dorsal surface; limbs without spots; iris reddish; one small rounded internasal (postrostral) (Fig. 10); 6 – 8 nasal scales surrounding the nare; 41 – 44 eyelid fringe scales; 10 – 11 supralabials, and 9 – 11 infralabials; dorsal body covered by large granular tubercles and small granular scales; 12 – 13 granular scales surround every large granular tubercle on the back; 34 – 36 paravertebral tubercles between limb insertions; deep axillary pockets distinctly noticeable; long, thin digits with wide subdigital lamellae; numbering 8 – 9 on first finger, 11 – 13 on second finger, 15 – 16 on third finger, 18 – 19 on fourth finger, and 8 – 9 on fifth finger; 17 – 19 on first toe, 19 – 20 on second toe, 20 – 21 on third toe, 15 – 16 on fourth toe, and 8 – 9 on fifth toe; claws being sheathed by four scales; 25 – 28 precloacal pores; 2 – 3 postmentals shields bordered by 6 – 8 small gular scales. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
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
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  • 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, 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
  • Wang, Ying-Yong; Jian-Huan Yang, and L. Lee Grismer 2013. A New Species of Goniurosaurus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) from Libo, Guizhou Province, China. Herpetologica 69 (2): 214-226. - get paper here
  • Wang, Ying-Yong; Jian-Huan Yang, and Rong-Feng Cui 2010. A NEW SPECIES OF GONIUROSAURUS (SQUAMATA: EUBLEPHARIDAE) FROM YINGDE, GUANGDONG PROVINCE, CHINA. Herpetologica 66 (2): 229 - get paper here
  • Wang, Ying-Yong; Meng-Jie Jin, Yu-Long Li, and L. Lee Grismer 2014. Description of a New Species of Goniurosaurus (Squamata: Eublepharidae) from the Guangdong Province, China, Based on Molecular and Morphological Data. Herpetologica Sep 2014, Vol. 70, No. 3: 309-322. - get paper here
  • ZHU, XIAO-YU; GUANG-YU CHEN, CRISTIAN ROMÁN-PALACIOS, ZHENG LI, ZHU-QING HE 2020. Goniurosaurus gezhi sp. nov., a new gecko species from Guangxi, China (Squamata: Eublepharidae). Zootaxa 4852 (2): 211–222 - get paper here
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