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Hemiphyllodactylus kyaiktiyoensis GRISMER, WOOD, QUAH, THURA, OAKS & LIN, 2020

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Kyaiktiyo Mountain Slender Gecko 
SynonymHemiphyllodactylus kyaiktiyoensis GRISMER, WOOD, QUAH, THURA, OAKS & LIN 2020 
DistributionMyanmar (Mon)

Type locality: along a trail leading down the north-west facing flank of the mountain from the Golden Rock Pagoda, Mon State, Myanmar (17.47840°N 97.10042°E WGS; 1057 m in elevation).  
TypesHolotype. LSUHC 14032, Adult female, collected on 4 November 2018 at 1900 hrs by Evan S. H. Quah, L. Lee Grismer, Perry L. Wood Jr., Myint Kyaw Thura, Jamie R. Oaks, and Aung Lin.
Paratypes. Female paratypes (LSUHC 14030–31, 14033–34) bear the same collection data as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Hemiphyllodactylus kyaiktiyoensis sp. nov. can be separated from all other species of Hemiphyllo- dactylus by possessing the unique combination of having a maximum SVL of 43.4 mm; 8–10 chin scales; enlarged postmentals; five circumnasal scales; 3–5 intersupranasals (=postrostrals); 7–10 supralabials; eight or nine infral- abials; 12–16 longitudinally arranged dorsal scales at midbody contained within one eye diameter and eight or nine ventral scales; four subdigital lamellae on the first finger and four or five on first toe; no plate-like subcaudal scales; adult females not yellow; a dark postorbital stripe extending to at least base of neck; dorsolateral light-colored spots on trunk; no dark, dorsolateral stripe on trunk; faint, dark, ventrolateral stripe on trunk; no dark-colored pattern on trunk; wide, light-brown, nearly unicolor, vertebral region on trunk; beige, postsacral marking bearing anteriorly projecting arms; and caecum and gonads unpigmented. These characters are scored across all Burmese species in Tables 3 and 6 and from all other species of Hemiphyllodactylus from southern China and western Thailand (clades 3 and 4 in Grismer et al. [2017:Table 3]). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a toponym referring to the type locality of Kyaiktiyo Mountain, Mon State, Myanmar. 
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; PERRY L. JR. WOOD, EVAN S. H. QUAH, MYINT KYAW THURA, JAMIE R. OAKS, AUNG LIN 2020. Four new Burmese species of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from distantly related parapatric clades from the Shan Plateau and Salween Basin. Zootaxa 4758 (1): 45–82 - 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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