Friday, May 13, 2016

[Herpetology • 2011] Cyrtodactylus batik • A New Bent-toed Gecko of the Genus Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Reptilia, Gekkonidae) from Mount Tompotika, eastern Peninsula of Sulawesi, Indonesia


Cyrtodactylus batik 
Iskandar, Rachmansah & Umilaela, 2011  

Abstract
Cyrtodactylus batik is a new species described on the basis of seven specimens collected from Mount Tompotika, in the Balantak Mountains, eastern peninsula of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. This large Cyrtodactylus (up to 115 mm snout–vent length), differs from all other congeners by the combination of striking velvety black dorsal coloration with four irregular dark bands and yellow markings, enlarged tubercles not differently colored from other parts of the dorsum except on the flanks, and the absence of precloacal and femoral pores. The new species, together with C. wallacei and C. jellesmae appear to form an exclusive lineage in Sulawesi.

Key words: morphology, systematics, new species, evolution, biogeography, Balantak Mountains, Wallacea




Cyrtodactylus batik sp. nov. 
(cicak batik; batik bent-toed gecko) 

Etymology. The specific epithet is used as a noun in apposition, originating from the specific Indonesian pattern of traditional “batik” cloth that is especially well known on Java. The dorsal pattern of the new species is similar to that of traditional batik cloth.


Iskandar, D.T., Rachmansah, A. and Umilaela. 2011. A New Bent-toed Gecko of the Genus Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Reptilia, Gekkonidae) from Mount Tompotika, eastern Peninsula of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Zootaxa. (2838):65–78

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