Monday, December 17, 2012

[Herpetology • 2011] Cyrtodactylus pageli • A new species of karst dwelling Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Vientiane Province, northwestern Laos

Cyrtodactylus pageli Schneider, Nguyen, Schmitz, Kingsada, Auer, & Ziegler, 2011

We describe a new species of the gekkonid genus Cyrtodactylus from northwestern Laos, based on a recent collection from Vientiane Province. Cyrtodactylus pageli sp. n. is distinguished from the remaining bent-toed-geckos by the combination of the following characters: snout-vent length up to 81.8 mm; 9–12 supralabials; 9 infralabials; 9–14 rows of dorsal tubercles; no distinct lateral body fold; 41–46 midbody ventrals; precloacal pores present in both sexes (males 4, females 5 or 6); no precloacal groove; femoral scales not distinctly enlarged; no femoral pores; subdigital lamellae under the fourth toe 19–26; subcaudals transversally enlarged; dark nuchal band, followed by a transversal row of dark neck blotches (rarely forming an additional transversal neck band) in-between nuchal band and first body band; 5 in part irregular dark dorsal bands between limb insertions plus transversal band between hind limbs; tail with banded pattern.

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

Schneider N., Nguyen T.Q., Schmitz A., Kingsada P., Auer M. & Ziegler T. 2011. A new species of karst dwelling Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northwestern Laos. Zootaxa. 2930: 1–21.