A New Species of Cave-dwelling Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Thailand


  • AARON M. BAUER Department of Biology, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085, USA
  • OLIVIER S.G. PAUWELS Department of Recent Vertebrates, Institut Royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, 29 rue Vautier, 1000 Brussels, BELGIUM
  • LAWAN CHANHOME Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, Thai Red Cross Society, 1871 Rama IV Road, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND


KEY WORDS: Cyrtodactylus sumonthai, sp. nov, Gekkonidae, description, cavedwelling


A new species of the gekkonid lizard genus Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 is described on the basis of material collected in limestone caves at Khao Wong, Rayong Province, Thailand. It is characterized by a slender body, elongate tail and digits, small number (12) of rows of dorsal tubercles, and enlarged patch of precloacal scales bearing only two precloacal pores. The new species is the second tropical Asian Cyrtodactylus believed to be largely associated with cave environments and is the twelfth species of the genus thus far recorded from Thailand.




How to Cite

BAUER, A.M., PAUWELS, O.S. and CHANHOME, L. 2002. A New Species of Cave-dwelling Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Thailand. Tropical Natural History. 2, 2 (Aug. 2002), 19–29.