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

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

Type locality: top of Zwegabin Mountain, Kayin State, Myanmar (16.82407°N 97.66810°E WGS; 710 m in elevation  
TypesHolotype. LSUHC 14184, adult female, collected on 8 August 2019 at 1830 hrs by L. Lee Grismer, Evan S. H. Quah, Perry L. Wood Jr., Myint Kyaw Thura, Jamie R. Oaks, and Aung Lin. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Hemiphyllodactylus zwegabinensis sp. nov. can be separated from all other species of Hemiphyl- lodactylus by possessing the unique combination of having a maximum SVL of 36.9 mm; 12 chin scales; enlarged postmentals; five circumnasal scales; five intersupranasals (=postrostrals); nine supralabials; 10 infralabials; 16 longitudinally arranged dorsal scales at midbody contained within one eye diameter and seven ventral scales; varied digital formulae on hands and feet; four subdigital lamellae on the first finger and toe; no pore-bearing, femoropre- cloacal scales; 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 or ventrolateral stripe on trunk; dark paravertebral markings on trunk; light-colored 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 Zwegabin Mountain. 
  • 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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