Monday, December 17, 2012

[Herpetology • 2011] Cyrtodactylus cucphuongensis | Cúc Phương Bent–toed Gecko • A new karstic cave-dwelling Cyrtodactylus Gray (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Ninh Binh province, northern Vietnam

Cyrtodactylus cucphuongensis Tri & Onn, 2011 

A new species of bent-toed gecko, Cyrtodactylus cucphuongensis sp. nov. is described from the karst forest of Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh province, Northern Vietnam. It differs from all other species of Indo-Chinese Cyrtodactylus by the following combination of characters: SVL 96.0 mm; absence of precloacal and femoral pores; 19 subdigital lamellae on first toe, 24 on fourth toe; large, dark spots on top of head; wide, prominent nuchal band; and five or six dark, irregular, broad bands between limb insertions. 

Key words:  Cyrtodactylus, Gekkonidae, description, new species, Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh

Etymology. The specific epithet is named after the Cúc Phương National Park. Suggested common name: Cúc Phương Bent–toed Gecko; Vietnamese name: Thằn lằn chân ngón Cúc Phương.

Distribution: northern Vietnam (Ninh Binh) 
Type locality: karst outcrops adjacent to the main road in Cuc Phuong National Park, Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province, Northern Vietnam (20°15.324’N, 105°38.060’E) at 100 m elevation.

Tri N.V. & Onn C.K. 2011. A new karstic cave-dwelling Cyrtodactylus Gray (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Northern Vietnam. Zootaxa. 3125: 51–63.