Cyrtodactylus phongnhakebangensis,

Luu, Vinh Quang, Bonkowski, Michael, Nguyen, Truong Quang, Le, Minh Duc, Schneider, Nicole, Ngo, Hanh Thi & Ziegler, Thomas, 2016, Evolution in karst massifs: Cryptic diversity among bent-toed geckos along the Truong Son Range with descriptions of three new species and one new country record from Laos, Zootaxa 4107 (2), pp. 101-140: 132

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Cyrtodactylus phongnhakebangensis


Cyrtodactylus phongnhakebangensis  group

Species. C. bansocensis  , C. calamei  , C. darevskii  , C. hinnamnoensis  , C. jaegeri  , C. jarujini  , C. khammouanensis  , C. lomyenensis  , C. multiporus  , C. pageli  , C. rufford  , C. sommerladi  , C. soudthichaki  , C. teyniei  .

Characters. Adult SVL 73–100.6 mm, supranasals 0–1; dorsal tubercles 10–24 (except for C. sommerladi  , which only has 0–5); webbing between fingers and toes absent; tubercles on fore limbs lacking (except for C. calamei  , C. hinnamnoensis  , C. jaegeri  , C. jarujini  , C. multiporus  , and C. soudthichaki  ); tubercles on hind limbs present (except for C. pageli  ); precloacal and femoral pores in males 20–60 (except for C. pageli  only four and for C. teyniei  such data is lacking); postcloacal tubercles 3–8 (rarely two); subcaudals enlarged; body bearing welldefined bands 3–8 (except for C. jarujini  and C. teyniei  , which are blotched).

Distribution. The group is mainly distributed in the karst forest mountains of Khammouane Province in central Laos, C. calamei  , C. hinnamnoensis  , and C. sommerladi  are restricted to Hin Nam No NPA in the southeastern Khammouane Province. C. jarujini  and C. teyniei  are recorded from Bolikhamxay Province, while C. pageli  is only known to occur in Vientiane Province.

Remarks. The Cyrtodactylus phongnhakebangensis  group is very complex. Different morphological traits of the species of this group (e.g., body size, shape and number of dorsal bands, and number of precloacal and femoral pores, see Tables 7 & 13) were supported by other morphological and phylogenetic analyses (see Figs. 1–5View FIGURE 1View FIGURE 2View FIGURE 3View FIGURE 4View FIGURE 5). All species of the group are adapted to karst forested formations.