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Hemiphyllodactylus kiziriani NGUYEN, BOTOV, LE DUC, NOPHASEUD, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Kizirian’s Slender Gecko
G: Kizirians Halbblattfingergecko
Vietnamese: Thạch sùng dẹp ki-zi-ri-an 
SynonymHemiphyllodactylus kiziriani NGUYEN, BOTOV, LE DUC, NOPHASEUD, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER 2014 
DistributionLaos (Luang Prabang)

Type locality: limestone wall of a small cave (19o48.708’N, 102o06.188’E, 637 m a.s.l. elevation), near Ban Xieng Muak Village, Luang Prabang District, Luang Prabang Province, Laos  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: IEBR A.2014.3, adult male, collected by Truong Quang Nguyen, Nicole Schneider, and Liphone Nophaseud on 10 August 2013. Paratypes. Nine specimens from the same locality as the holotype: three adult males IEBR A.2014.4, VNMN A.2014.1 and ZFMK95702 and two adult females NUOL R-2014.1, VNMN A.2014.2, collected on 10 August 2013; two females IEBR A.2014.5, NUOL R-2014.2, collected on 7 August (19°48.629’N, 102°06.124’E, 594 a.s.l. m); ZFMK 95703, adult female, collected on 11 August (19°48.813’N, 102°05.887’E, 628 m a.s.l. elevation); ZFMK95704, adult female, collected on 16 August (19°48.772’N, 102°06.181’E, 597 m a.s.l. elevation). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A bisexual taxon; SVL of adult males 35.1–40.1 mm, of adult females 36.3–40.8 mm; dorsal scale rows 18–27; ventral scale rows 11–15; chin scales bordering mental and first infralabial distinctly enlarged; digital lamellae formulae 3-4-4-4 (forefoot) and 4-4/5-4/5-4 (hindfoot); femoral pores 0–4, total precloacal pores 10–13 in males, 8–10 pitted precloacal scales in females; cloacal spurs present in both sexes,1 or 2; dorsal trunk pattern of dark brown with two rows of irregular transverse bands; dark lateral head stripe distinct; upper zone of flank with a dark brown stripe; caecum and gonadal ducts unpigmented. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyWe name the new species in honour of Dr. David A. Kizirian, American Museum of Natural History (New York, USA), in recognition of his contribution to herpetological research in the Indochina region. 
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • GUO, WEIBO; KAIYA ZHOU, JIE YAN & PENG LI 2015. A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker, 1860 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from western Yunnan, China. Zootaxa 3974 (3): 377–390 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2015. Liste der im Jahr 2014 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (3): 50-64 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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, Truong Quang; Andreas Botov, Minh Duc Le, Liphone Nophaseud, George Zug, Michael Bonkowski & Thomas Ziegler 2014. A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from northern Laos. Zootaxa 3827 (1): 045–056 - 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
  • SUKPRASERT, APISAK; SURAPOP SUTTHIWISES, VIRAYUTH LAUHACHINDA, WUT TAKSINTUM 2018. Two new species of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Thailand. Zootaxa 4369 (3): 363–376 - get paper here
  • SUNG, YIK-HEI; WING-HO LEE, HO-NAM NG, YANJIE ZHANG, JIAN-HUAN YANG 2018. A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Hong Kong. Zootaxa 4392 (2): 361–373 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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