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Discovery of a new lizard species from Ba Na – Nui Chua Nature Reserve in Da Nang province

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A group of scientists from Institute of Tropical Biology under Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Mr. Pham Hong Thai from Education Department of Cam Le District, Da Nang, Vietnam and Prof. L.Lee Grismer from La Sierra University, Prof. P.L. Wood Jr from Brigham Young University, USA has discovered a new lizard species named Hemiphyllodactylus banaensis sp. nov. Ngô, Grismer, Phạm & Wood Jr. 2014 from Ba Na – Nui Chua Nature Reserve in Da Nang province. The discovery was published in Zootaxa (No.3760) on February 2nd 2014. 

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The new spcecies, Hemiphyllodactylus banaensis sp. nov. Ngô, Grismer, Phạm & Wood Jr. 2014, can be distinguished from all other congeners by having the unique combination of a maximum snout-vent length of 48.2 mm in males and 51.0 mm in females; seven chin scales extending transversely from the union of the first and second infralabials and posterior margin of mental; enlarged postmental scales; 9–12 supralabials; 9–11 infralabials; 18–20 longitudinally arranged dorsal scales at midbody contained within one eye diameter; 9-12 ventscales; 20–21 precloacal and femoral pore-bearing scales contiguous in males and 0–20 contiguous pore-bearing precloacal scales in females; dorsal pattern on body composed of transverse blotches and two whitish stripes across shoulder extending to sacrum; postsacral mark whitish brown and bearing anteriorly projecting arms; and caecum and oviducts unpigmented.

 

Edited by Minh Tam
Link to Vietnamese version

http://biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.3760.4.3

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