Friday, September 9, 2016

[Herpetology • 2016] Cyrtodactylus soni • A New Species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam

Cyrtodactylus soni  
 Le,  Nguyen, Le & Ziegler, 2016


We describe a new species of the genus Cyrtodactylus on the basis of six specimens collected from the limestone forest of the Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam. Cyrtodactylus soni sp. nov. can be distinguished from its congeners by genetic distinction and morphological differences in number of femoral and precloacal pores, femoral scales, ventral scales, lamellae, subcaudals, and dorsal tubercle arrangement, as well as in size and color pattern. In the phylogenetic analyses, the new species is nested in a clade containing taxa from northwestern and northcentral Vietnam and northern Laos.

Keywords: Reptilia, Cyrtodactylus soni sp. nov., karst forest, molecular phylogeny, taxonomy, Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve

Dzung Trung Le, Truong Quang Nguyen, Minh Duc Le and Thomas Ziegler. 2016. A New Species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam.
Zootaxa. 4162(2); 268–282. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4162.2.4


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