New Vietnamese lizard discovery


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A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from northern Vietnam

Abstract

We describe a new species of the genus Hemiphyllodactylus on the basis of four specimens from Cao Bang Province, northern Vietnam.

Hemiphyllodactylus zugi sp. nov. is distinguished from the remaining congeners by a combination of the following characters: a bisexual taxon; average SVL of adult males 41 mm, of adult female 46.6 mm; chin scales bordering mental and first infralabial distinctly enlarged; digital lamellae formulae 3-4-4-4 (forefoot) and 4-5-5-5 (hindfoot); femoral and precloacal pore series continuous, 18–21 in total in males, absent in female; cloacal spur single in males; dorsal trunk pattern of dark brown irregular transverse bands; dark lateral head stripe indistinct; upper zone of flank with a series of large light spots, edged above and below in dark grey; caecum and gonadal ducts unpigmented.

Key words:

Slender Gecko, karst forest, phylogeny, taxonomy, Cao Bang Province, Ha Lang District

Introduction

The genus Hemiphyllodactylus contains nine species worldwide but only H. yunnanensis Boulenger, 1903 is currently known from Vietnam (Zug 2010).

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