Buchard’s bow-fingered gecko | Cyrtodactylus buchardi David, Teynié & Ohler, 2004
A specimen of the gekkonid genus Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827, collected in Xepian National Biodiversity and Conservation Area, Champasak Province, southern Laos, is here referred to a new species, Cyrtodactylus buchardi sp. nov. The holotype, a juvenile male, differs from other known species by the combination of a slender body, a barely visible lateral fold, a slender but short tail, only 12 subdigital lamellae beneath 4th toe, 25 rows of tuberculate dorsal scales, no precloacal groove, three series of enlarged precloacal scales, no enlarged femoral scales, no distinctly enlarged subcaudal scales, 13-14 supralabials, a dorsal pattern made of five transversal series of irregular blotches, and a nuchal collar not reaching the posterior margin of the eyes. The new species is compared with other species known from the Indo-Chinese Peninsula and Thailand. It appears to be related to Cyrtodactylus angularis (Smith, 1921) and C. papilionoides Ulber & Grossmann, 1991, both from central and eastern Thailand.
Keyt words. – Cyrtodactylus, Cyrtodactylus buchardi new species, Laos, Xepian NBCA, Gekkonidae
David, Teynié & Ohler, 2004. A new species of Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from southern Laos. Raffles Bull. Zool. 52 (2): 621-627.