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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Spotted Slender Gecko 
DistributionW Thailand (Ratchaburi)

Type locality: low-elevation bamboo mixed seasonally dry evergreen forest of the Huai Pha Pok area, Suan Phueng District, Ratchaburi Province, western Thailand (13.58544° N, 99.21316° E WGS; elevation 280 m a.s.l.)  
TypesHolotype: ZMMU R-16390, Adult female, field Nos NAP-09689/SP-122) collected on 12 June 2019, at 2100 hrs by Platon V. Yushchenko (Figs. 1, 3, 4A).
Paratype. Adult female (AUP 00766; photo LSUDPC 11146) collected from lowland primary forest near in Phanom District, Surat Thani Province, southern Thailand (8.90778° N, 98.53306° E; elevation 70 m a.s.l.) on 27 May 2018, at 2250 hrs by Parinya Pawangkhanant (Fig. 1, Fig. 4D). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Hemiphyllodactylus pardalis sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other species of Hemiphyllodactylus by well-separated and well-defined black spots on the head and body and possessing the unique combination of having a maximum SVL of 48.0 mm with a notably elongate and gracile body habitus (AG/SVL ratio 0.65–0.67); 11 chin scales; enlarged postmentals; five circumnasal scales; three intersupranasals (= postrostrals); 11 supralabials; nine infralabials; 21 longitudinally arranged dorsal scales at midbody contained within one eye diameter and 10 ventral scales; 3-3-3-3 digital formula on hands and 4-4-4-4 formula on the feet; three subdigital lamellae on the first finger and four subdigital lamellae on the first toe; no pore-bearing, femoroprecloacal scales; 14 pore-bearing precloacal scales in males (as inferred from the large pitted homologous scales in females) that extend part way onto the proximal femoral region; one cloacal spur on each side; no plate-like subcaudal scales; a dark postorbital stripe extending to at least base of neck; dorsolateral light-colored spots on trunk; no dark dorsolateral stripe on trunk; dark ventrolateral stripe on trunk variable but generally present in the anterior part of the body and neck region; no dark transverse bands, blotches, or paravertebral markings on trunk; well-separated, faint white spots on trunk; no light-colored postsacral marking bearing anteriorly projecting arms; and caecum and gonads pigmented. These characters are scored across all species in the Indochina clade and all Thai species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Table 4), as well as from all other species of Hemiphyllodactylus from Myanmar and adjacent parts of Indochina in Grismer et al. (2017a, 2018a, 2020), Sukprasert et al. (2018), and Eliades et al. (2019). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet “pardalis” is an adjective in nominative singular, derived from the Latin “pardus”, meaning leopard, and is given in reference to the spotted, leopard-like, dorsal pattern characteristic of the new species. 
  • GRISMER, L. L., YUSHCHENKO, P. V., PAWANGKHANANT, P., NAIDUANGCHAN, M., NAZAROV, R. A., ORLOVA, V. F., ... & POYARKOV, N. A. 2020. A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker (Squamata; Gekkonidae) from Peninsular Thailand that converges in morphology and color pattern on Pseudogekko smaragdinus (Taylor) from the Philippines. Zootaxa 4816 (2): 171-190 - get paper here
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