Ptychozoon kabkaebin

Grismer, L. Lee, Wood Jr, Perry L., Grismer, Jesse L., Quah, Evan S. H., Thy, Neang, Phimmachak, Somphouthone, Sivongxay, Niane,, 2019, Geographic structure of genetic variation in the Parachute Gecko Ptychozoon lionotum Annandale, 1905 across Indochina and Sundaland with descriptions of three new species, Zootaxa 4638 (2), pp. 151-198: 175-179

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4638.2.1

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scientific name

Ptychozoon kabkaebin
status

sp. nov.

Ptychozoon kabkaebin  sp. nov.

Lao Parachute Gecko

Fig. 10View FIGURE 10

Ptychozoon lionotum Teynié et al., 2014:35  (in part); Manthey & Manthey, 2017:42

Holotype. NCSM 80585View Materials adult female collected by Sengvilay Seateun and Misan Keooudone on 16 June 2012 from Houay Ta Ang Stream , Pakkading District, Bolikhamxay Province, Laos (18.32997°N, 103.99140°E, 163 m above sea level).GoogleMaps 

Paratypes. FMNHAbout FMNH 271140 adult female collected by Bryan L. Stuart, Somphouthone Phimmachak , and Niane Sivongxay on 28 May 2007 from Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area , Phou Ack Mountain, Boualapha District, Khammouan Province, Laos (17.64433°N, 105.73667°E, 980 m above sea level); andGoogleMaps  NUOL 00036View Materials adult female collected by Bryan L. Stuart, Somphouthone Phimmachak, and Jennifer A. Sheridan on 17 May 2013 from Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area , Phou Ack Mountain, Boualapha District, Khammouan Province, Laos (17.64256 °N, 105.73608 °E, 992 m above sea level)GoogleMaps  .

Diagnosis. Ptychozoon kabkaebin  sp. nov. differs from all other species of Ptychozoon  by having the following unique combination of characters: a maximum SVL of 95.4 mm; supranasals not in contact; 8–10 supralabials; 10–12 infralabials; infra-auricular cutaneous flap; weak, supra-auricular ridge present; no dorsal or caudal tubercles; imbricate parachute support scales on dorsal surface of patagia; no prominently raised ridges on ventral surface of patagia; 78–82 midbody dorsal scales; 33–38 ventral scales; an emargination between the pre-antebrachial flap and digit I; no enlarged femoral scales; 22 or 23 enlarged precloacal scales; 5–7 rows of enlarged post-precloacal scales; 13–17 transverse subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; no enlarged dorsal caudal scales forming whorls; approximately 27–30 scales across widest portion of caudal flap; distal lobes fusing to form a short, narrow caudal flap; edges of caudal flap weakly crenulated; caudal lobes angled posteriorly; caudal lobes decrease posteriorly in size; thick, dark, postorbital stripe; four dark body bands between limb insertions; irregularly shaped, white, vertebral markings variably present; and subcaudal region banded in adults ( Tables 4, 5).

Description of holotype. Adult female SVL 85.1 mm; head moderate (HL/SVL 0.27), wide (HW/HL 0.79), depressed (HD/HL 0.41), distinct from neck; snout rounded at tip in dorsal profile; prefrontal region weakly concave; lores rounded; rostral scale large, rectangular, in contact posteriorly with two supranasals and two small postnasals, dorsolaterally with nostrils, and laterally with first supralabials; supralabials (10R,L) to mid-orbital position; infralabials (12R,L); nostrils elliptical with long axes oriented obliquely, occupying anterior portion of nasal scale, bordered anteriorly by rostral, dorsally by supranasal, posteriorly by six postnasals of varying sizes (upper largest), and ventrally by first supralabial; scales on rostrum granular slightly larger than granular scales on top of head and occiput; eyes large (ED/HL 0.21), less than snout length; pupil vertically elliptical, crenelated; supraciliaries elongate, posteriormost weakly pointed; auricular opening rounded, bearing a weak, supra-auricular ridge; tympanum deeply sunk; infra-auricular flap broad, rounded, extending from below corner of mouth to lateral margin of neck midway between posterior margin of ear opening and forelimb insertion, measuring 5.6 mm at its widest point; dorsal scales of infra-auricular flap large, subimbricate proximally, small juxtaposed distally, ventral flap scales minute and granular; mental triangular, as wide as deep, bordered laterally by first infralabials and posteriorly by paired, rectangular postmentals contacting medially for 100% of their length; one row of enlarged sublabials bordering infralabials, anteriormost largest; gular scales small, rounded, grading into larger imbricating throat and subimbricate pectoral and ventral scales.

Body dorsoventrally depressed, relatively stout (AXG/SVL 0.47); patagia 7.4 mm at midpoint of body bearing enlarged, subimbricate, rectangular scales dorsally, minute, juxtaposed, subrectangular scales ventrally; ventral surface not bearing raised ridges of granular scales; 81 minute, flat, round, juxtaposed midbody dorsal scales, largest mid-dorsally; no large flat dorsal scales immediately anterior to the hind limb insertions; 35 transverse rows of large, smooth, flat, subimbricate ventral scales much larger than dorsal scales, decreasing in size laterally into granular scales at the base of the flap; 22 enlarged, precloacal scales; seven rows of enlarged, post-precloacal scales; and scales immediately anterior to vent granular.

Limbs short, robust (FL/SVL 0.12; TBL/SVL 0.16); dorsal scales of forelimbs, flat, juxtaposed, larger than dorsal body scales; ventral forelimb scales subimbricate; anterior and posterior margins of forelimbs, and posterior margins of hind limbs bearing wide, cutaneous flaps; that of anterior margin of forearm (i.e. pre-antebrachial flap) emarginated distally and terminates low on the base of digit I, that of the foreleg does not reach the base of digit I; scales of forelimb flaps large, elongate, subimbricate; those of hind limb flaps much smaller, rounded, subimbricate; palmar scales smooth, rounded; digits fully webbed, relatively short, dorsoventrally compressed; undivided transverse subdigital lamellae number 15 (I), 14 (II), 13 (III), 15 (IV), 14 (V), distalmost lamellae V-shaped; claws arise from within the dorsal surface of digital pads; claw of digit I replaced by an enlarged, flat scale; dorsal scales of hind limbs, flat, juxtaposed, larger than dorsal body scales; ventral scales of hind limbs flat, subimbricate, smaller than ventral scales of belly; flat; scales of anterior margin of thigh subimbricate; plantar scales smooth, subimbricate; digits fully webbed; transverse subdigital lamellae number 10 (I), 13 (II), 13 (III), 14 (IV), 11 (V), distalmost lamellae V-shaped; claws arise from within the dorsal surface of digital pads, and claw of digit I replaced by an enlarged, flat scale.

Tail original, flattened, same length as SVL (TaL/SVL 1.00); two median rows of transversely widened, smooth subcaudals anteriorly becoming less regular and broken up posteriorly; postcloacal scales large, flat, imbricate; dorsal caudals flat, juxtaposed, larger than dorsal body scales and not bearing transversely aligned whorls of enlarged scales; tail width and caudal lobes decrease posteriorly; 23 caudal lobes on each side slightly angled posteriorly; and tail terminates in a short flap (11.9 mm) bearing weakly crenulated edges.

Light phase coloration and pattern in preservative ( Fig. 10View FIGURE 10). Dorsal ground color of head, body, and tail light-brown; top of head essentially unicolor; labial scales much lighter than body, demarkated by thin, dark lines at their junctures; infra-auricular flap same lighter color as labial scales and gular region; four, thin, sinuous dorsal bands between limb insertion eventually transitioning into approximately two dark-brown caudal bands towards the end of the tail; terminus of caudal flap white; subcaudal region mottled anteriorly and banded; pectoral region, belly, and ventral surfaces of limbs dull-white with no stippling.

Variation. Variation in coloration and pattern varies due to this species’ having dark and light phases and its ability to substrate match. Color pattern variation in the paratypes described here is based on preserved material. The paratypes closely approximate the holotype in coloration and pattern. Caudal banding is distinct in all specimens. The wide white band on the caudal flap extends all the way to the tip in the holotype whereas in the paratypes a black band encompasses the tip. Paratype FMNH 271140 has irregularly shaped, white vertebral markings that are absent in the paratype NUOL 00036 and the holotype. Variation in meristic characters is presented in Table 7.

Comparisons ( Tables 4, 5; Figs. 3View FIGURE 3, 5View FIGURE 5, 6View FIGURE 6). Differences between Ptychozoon kabkaebin  sp. nov. and P. cicakterbang  sp. nov. are listed above in the comparisons section of P. cicakterbang  sp. nov. Ptychozoon kabkaebin  sp. nov. differs from P. intermedium  , P. kuhli  , and P. trinotaterra  in lacking, as opposed to having, caudal tubercles. From P. intermedium  , P. nicobarense  , P. rhacophorus  , P. trinotaterra  , and P. kaengkrachanense  it differs in having four body bands as opposed to 0–3. Ptychozoon kabkaebin  sp. nov. differs from P. bannaense  , P. horsfieldii  , P. intermedium  , P. kuhli  , P. nicobarense  , P. rhacophorus  , P. trinotaterra  , and P. kaengkrachanense  in having an emarginated preantebrachial flap as opposed to lacking an emargination. From P. popaense  it differs by having a maximum SVL of 95.4 mm versus 86.2 mm. Ptychozoon kabkaebin  sp. nov. differs from P. lionotum  , and P. tokehos  sp. nov. by having a significantly higher mean number of infralabials. Ptychozoon kabkaebin  sp. nov. differs from P. tokehos  sp. nov. in having a significantly wider head. Even though Ptychozoon kabkaebin  sp. nov. and P. tokehos  sp. nov. have nearly discrete differences in their numbers of midbody scales (78–82 and 80–95, respectively), their mean differences (80.3 versus 89.0) were not significantly different in the ANOVA (p= 0.09) although they were significantly different in a two-sample Student t- test (t= 5.585; p= 0.002). Ptychozoon kabkaebin  sp. nov. is the sister species of P. lionotum  but differs further from it by having a significantly shorter snout. Ptychozoon kabkaebin  sp. nov. is well-separated from P. cicakterbang  sp. nov. and P. lionotum  in the PCA and from all species in the DAPC where their 95% confidence ellipses do not overlap. Ptychozoon kabkaebin  sp. nov. occupies a significantly different position along PC1 from that of P. cicakterbang  sp. nov. and along PC2, it occupies a significantly different positon from that of P. tokehos  sp. nov. From all species of the lionotum  group it differs by having an uncorrected pairwise sequence divergence of 4.1–14.4%. Combinations of other characters differentiating P. kabkaebin  sp. nov. from the other more distantly related species are presented in Table 5.

Distribution ( Fig. 1View FIGURE 1). Ptychozoon kabkaebin  sp. nov. is endemic to the eastern parts of northern and central Laos although it will likely be found in adjacent areas of central Vietnam.

Etymology. The specific epithet kabkaebin  is the Lao word used for Ptychozoon  .

Natural history. NCSM 80585 was collected during the day from beneath a house on stilts that was located along a stream in degraded semi-evergreen forest at 160 m in elevation. FMNH 271140 was collected during the day (1115 h) at 980 m in elevation and NUOL 00036 was collected during the night (2130 h) at 992 m in elevation, both on large boulders in a mosaic of evergreen, deciduous, and pine forest with grassy understory at the edge of a high cliff on a steep escarpment. ( Fig. 11View FIGURE 11).

FMNH

Field Museum of Natural History

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Family

Gekkonidae

Genus

Ptychozoon

Loc

Ptychozoon kabkaebin

Grismer, L. Lee, Wood Jr, Perry L., Grismer, Jesse L., Quah, Evan S. H., Thy, Neang, Phimmachak, Somphouthone, Sivongxay, Niane, 2019

2019
Loc

Ptychozoon lionotum Teynié et al., 2014:35

Teynie 2014: 35

2014