A new species of Gekko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Tà Kóu Nature Reserve, Binh Thuan Province, Southern Vietnam

Ngo Van Tri, Tony Gamble

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Abstract

A new species of Gekko Laurenti is described from Tà Kóu Mountain, an isolated granitic peak in Tà Kóu Nature Reserve, Ham Thuan Nam district, Binh Thuan province, southern Vietnam. The species is distinguished from its congeners by its moderate size, with snout to vent length (SVL) reaching a maximum 107.0 mm; dorsal pattern of 5-8 white vertebral blotches between the nape and sacrum and 6-8 pairs of short white bars on the flanks; 11-14 precloacal pores in males; 14-17 longitudinal rows of smooth dorsal tubercles; and 18-20 broad lamellae beneath the fourth toe. Gekko takouensis sp. nov. is the second endemic gekkonid discovered in the Tà Kóu Nature Reserve, Cyrtodactylus takouensis Ngo & Bauer being the first.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages12
JournalZootaxa
Issue number2346
StatePublished - Jan 28 2010
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Dr. Hoang Nghia Son, Director of the Institute of Tropical Biology, Vietnamese Academy of Sciences and Technology for permission to conduct this research. A.M. Bauer, L. L. Grismer and an anonymous reviewer provided helpful comments. We thank Dr. Hoang Duc Huy (Faculty of Biology of the University of Natural Sciences in Hochiminh City). We would also like to thank L. L. Grismer for providing MS–222. N.V.T was supported by Small Grant Number RD78 from WWF, USA. T. G. was supported by Grant Number T32DE007288 from the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research or the National Institutes of Health.

Funding Information:
We thank Dr. Hoang Nghia Son, Director of the Institute of Tropical Biology, Vietnamese Academy of Sciences and Technology for permission to conduct this research. A.M. Bauer, L. L. Grismer and an anonymous reviewer provided helpful comments. We thank Dr. Hoang Duc Huy (Faculty of Biology of the University of Natural Sciences in Hochiminh City). We would also like to thank L. L. Grismer for providing MS?222. N.V.T was supported by Small Grant Number RD78 from WWF, USA. T. G. was supported by Grant Number T32DE007288 from the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research or the National Institutes of Health.

Keywords

  • Conservation
  • Gekko takouensis sp. nov.
  • Granitic outcrop
  • Tà Kóu Mountain
  • Vietnam

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