Monday, December 17, 2012

[Herpetology • 2010] Cyrtodactylus wayakonei • A New Species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Luang Nam Tha Province, northern Laos

Cyrtodactylus wayakonei
Nguyen, Kingsada, Rösler, Auer & Ziegler, 2010

We describe a new species of the gekkonid genus Cyrtodactylus from northern Laos, based on four specimens from Luang Nam Tha Province. Cyrtodactylus wayakonei sp. n. is distinguished from the remaining bent-toed-geckos by the combination of the following characters: snout-vent length up to 90 mm; 7–8 supralabials; 9–10 infralabials; rostrum bearing smooth scales; 34–45 scales between fifth supralabials; dorsal tubercles smooth or slightly keeled; 17–19 dorsal tubercle rows; ventrolateral folds slightly developed, with large tubercles; 31–35 ventrals; 85–98 scales around midbody; 151–163 scales between mental and cloacal slit; 6–8 precloacal pores in both sexes; precloacal groove lacking; enlarged femoral scales absent; femoral pores lacking; subcaudals somewhat enlarged, broadened; tail tubercles flat, smooth; head and dorsum with blotched to reticulated pattern.

Key words: Squamata, Gekkonidae, Cyrtodactylus wayakonei sp. n.; taxonomy; Laos

Etymology. The new Cyrtodactylus species is named after Associate Professor Dr. Sengdeuane Wayakone, Director, Office of Planning and International Cooperation, National University of Laos, in recognition of his efforts to investigate and protect biodiversity in Laos.

Nguyen, T.Q., Kingsada, P., Rösler, H., Auer, M., & Ziegler, T., 2010. A new species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northern Laos. Zootaxa. 2652: 1–16.

 YUAN, Si-Qi & RAO Ding-Qi 2011. A new record of a Gekkonid (Cyrtodactylus wayakonei) from Yunnan, China. Zoological Research. 32(6): 684−688.