Monday, September 16, 2019

[Herpetology • 2019] Cyrtodactylus manos • A New Species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from central New Guinea

Cyrtodactylus manos
Oliver, Karkkainen, Rösler & Richards, 2019

Yellow-snouted Bent-toed Gecko  || DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4671.1.9 

We describe a new species of bent-toed gecko in the genus Cyrtodactylus from hill forest in Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. Cyrtodactylus manos sp. nov. can be distinguished from all congeners in New Guinea by its small size in combination with aspects of colouration and body and tail scalation. The new species adds to the growing number of vertebrate species known only from karstic mountains along the southern edge of New Guinea’s Central Cordillera, suggesting that this region holds previously overlooked endemic karst-associated biota.

Keywords: Reptilia, gecko, hill forest, karst, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Holotype of  Cyrtodactylus manos sp. nov. SAMA R62654 in life

 Cyrtodactylus manos sp. nov. 
Yellow-snouted Bent-toed Gecko

Cyrtodactylus sp. Rösler et al. 2007, p. 207 
Cyrtodactylus ‘Gobe Ridge’ Oliver et al. 2012a, p. 439 
Cyrtodactylus sp. ‘Gobe Ridge’ Tallowin et al. 2018, p. 33 

Etymology. The Greek manos can mean rare, sparse or thin (for example in the context of gases), we here use it in reference to the paucity of material for this species.

Paul M. Oliver, Denise Taimi Karkkainen, Herbert Rösler and Stephen J. Richards. 2019. A New Species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from central New Guinea. Zootaxa. 4671(1); 119–128. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4671.1.9
Colorful new gecko species described via @physorg_com