A new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Binh Thuan Province, southern Vietnam

  • We describe a new species of Cyrtodactylus on the basis of two specimens collected from Ta Kou Nature Reserve, Binh Thuan Province, southern Vietnam. Cyrtodactylus chungi sp. nov. is distinguished from the remaining Indochinese bent-toed geckos by a combination of the following characters: relatively small body size (SVL up to 68.5 mm); a continuous neckband; 5 or 6 irregular transverse dorsal bands; 11 or 12 bands on original tail; keeled tubercles present on dorsum, posterior limbs and tail; 17 or 18 irregular dorsal tubercle rows; 30 or 31 ventral scale rows; ventrolateral skin folds indistinct; an angular series of seven precloacal pores in male and six pitted, enlarged precloacal scales in female, each series separated by a diastema of undifferentiated scales from 4–6 enlarged, poreless femoral scales; median subcaudals slightly enlarged; 17–20 subdigital lamellae under the fourth toe. Based on molecular analyses of the fragment of mitochondrial gene cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI), the new species is recovered as the sister taxon to Cyrtodactylus cattienensis s. str. with a genetic divergence of more than 9%. In phylogenetic analyses, the new species is recovered as a member of the Cyrtodactylus irregularis species group.

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Author:Sabrina Ostrowski, Minh Duc Le, Hanh Thi Ngo, Cuong The Pham, Trung My Phung, Truong Quang NguyenORCiDGND, Thomas Ziegler
Parent Title (English):European journal of taxonomy
Series (Serial Number):European journal of taxonomy : EJT (731:47-70)
Publisher:Muséum National dHistoire Naturelle
Place of publication:Paris
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/01/13
Date of first Publication:2021/01/13
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/02/01
Tag:COI gene; Cyrtodactylus chungi sp. nov.; Ta Kou Mountain; molecular phylogeny; taxonomy
Page Number:24
First Page:47
Last Page:70
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0