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Published: 2020-09-01

A new limestone-dwelling leaf-toed gecko (Gekkonidae: Dixonius) from coastal hills in Cha-am, peninsular Thailand

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Rue Vautier 29, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium. 254 M.
54 M.2 Tha Pha, Ban Pong, Ratchaburi 70110, Thailand
Gudeberg alle 10, 1632 Gamle Fredrikstad, Norway.
Gekkonidae Thai-Malay Peninsula Dixonius pawangkhananti sp. nov.

Abstract

We describe Dixonius pawangkhananti sp. nov. from coastal limestone hills in Cha-am District, Phetchaburi Province, peninsular Thailand. The new species differs from all currently recognized Dixonius by the following combination of morphological characters and pattern: maximal known snout-vent length of 42.6 mm; 16 longitudinal rows of dorsal tubercles; 30 to 32 paravertebral scales; 16 longitudinal rows of ventral scales across the abdomen; six precloacal pores in males, no pores in females; a marked canthal stripe; and a sexually dimorphic dorsal pattern consisting of bands (males) or blotches (females). This description brings the number of Dixonius species to ten, with four species endemic to Thailand.

 

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