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Hemiphyllodactylus bonkowskii NGUYEN, DO, NGO, PHAM, PHAM, LE & ZIEGLER, 2020

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Bonkowski’s Slender Gecko
Vietnamese: Thạch sùng dẹp bonkowski 
SynonymHemiphyllodactylus bonkowskii NGUYEN, DO, NGO, PHAM, PHAM, LE & ZIEGLER 2020 
DistributionVietnam (Hoa Binh)

Type locality: limestone cliff in the corn field (20o43.480’N, 104o54.344’E, at an elevation of 969 m a.s.l.), Hang Kia Commune, within Hang Kia—Pa Co NR, Mai Chau District, Hoa Binh Province, northwestern Vietnam  
TypesHolotype. IEBR 4689 (Field number HB 2014.44), adult male, collected on 15 April 2014 by T.Q. Nguyen, C.T. Pham, H.N. Ngo.
Paratypes. IEBR 4690 (Field number HB 2014.45), adult male; IEBR 4691 (Field number HB 2014.46), adult female, the same data as the holotype; IEBR 4692 (Field number HB 2014.2), IEBR 4693 (Field number HB 2014.3), adult females, collected on 10 April 2014 by T.Q. Nguyen, C.T. Pham, H.N. Ngo from a limestone cliff near the corn field (20o43.481’N, 104o54.349’E, at an elevation of 970 m a.s.l.); IEBR 4749 (Field number HB 2014.40), subadult female, collected on 14 April 2014 by C.T. Pham, H.N. Ngo from a limestone cliff (20o43.644’N, 104o52.177’E, at an elevation of 933 m a.s.l.). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A bisexual taxon; SVL of adult 40.70–48.00 mm; dorsal scale rows 24–27; ventral scale rows 13– 15; postmentals bordering mental and first infralabial, distinctly enlarged; digital lamellae formula 3444 (forefoot) and 4554 (hindfoot); 19 pore bearing femoral and precloacal scales, in a continuous row, absent in females; cloacal spur single, present in both sexes; dorsal trunk pattern yellowish grey; body with a discontinuous light dorsolateral stripe. 
CommentHabitat: disturbed evergreen karst forest of medium hardwood and shrub. 
EtymologyNamed in honour of Prof. Dr. Michael Bonkowski from the Institute of Zoology, University of Cologne, Germany for his support of our biodiversity research in limestone karst forests in Vietnam and Laos. 
  • Luu VQ, Nguyen TH, Do QH, Pham CT, Hoang TT, Nguyen TQ, Le MD, Ziegler T, Grismer JL, Grismer LL 2023. A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Squamata, Gekkonidae) from Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. ZooKeys 1167: 353-382 - get paper here
  • NGUYEN, TRUONG QUANG; QUYEN HANH DO, HANH THI NGO, ANH VAN PHAM,<br />CUONG THE PHAM, MINH DUC LE, & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2020. Two new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam. Zootaxa 4801 (3): 513–536 - get paper here
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