Monday, January 14, 2019

[Herpetology • 2019] Cyrtodactylus taybacensis • A New Species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northwestern Vietnam

Cyrtodactylus taybacensis
Pham, Le, Ziegler & Nguyen, 2019

Taybac Bent-toed Gecko  ||  DOI:  10.11646/zootaxa.4544.3.3 

We describe a new species of Cyrtodactylus on the basis of seven specimens collected from karst forests of Son La and Dien Bien provinces, Vietnam. Cyrtodactylus taybacensis sp. nov. is distinguished from the remaining Indochinese bent-toed geckos by a combination of the following characters: medium size (SVL up to 97.5 mm); dorsal tubercles in 13–16 irregular rows; ventral scale rows 30–38; ventrolateral folds present without interspersed tubercles; each thigh with 11–13 enlarged femoral scales; femoral pores absent in males and females; precloacal pores 11–13 in males, five or 15 pitted scales in females, in a continuous row; postcloacal tubercles two or three; lamellae under toe IV 16–20; subcaudal scales transversely enlarged; dorsal head with dark brown marking, oval, triangle and arched shape; five brown dorsal bands between limb insertions. In phylogenetic analyses, the new species is recovered as a member of the Cyrtodactylus wayakonei species group, and strongly supported as the sister taxon of C. cf. bichnganae from Son La City in all analyses.

Keywords: Reptilia, Cyrtodactylus taybacensis sp. nov., molecular phylogeny, taxonomy, Dien Bien, Son La

FIGURE 3. The male holotype of Cyrtodactylus taybacensis sp. nov. in life (IEBR 4379).

Cyrtodactylus taybacensis sp. nov.

Etymology. Specific epithet “taybacensis” is a toponym in reference to the type locality of the species, meaning “from northwestern region”. For the common names we suggest Taybac Bent-toed Gecko (English) and Thạch sùng ngón tây bắc (Vietnamese).

Anh Van Pham, Minh Duc Le, Thomas Ziegler and Truong Quang Nguyen. 2019. A New Species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northwestern Vietnam.  Zootaxa. 4544(3); 360–380.  DOI:  10.11646/zootaxa.4544.3.3