Two new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata, Gekkonidae) from Northeast India

Jayaditya PURKAYASTHA, Hmar Tlawmte LALREMSANGA, Beirathie LITHO, Yashpal Singh RATHEE, Sanath Chandra BOHRA, Vabeiryureilai MATHIPI, Lal BIAKZUALA & Lal MUANSANGA

en European Journal of Taxonomy 794 (111) - Pages 111-139

Published on 18 February 2022

We describe two new species of Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827, each from the Indian states of Meghalaya and Mizoram based on morphology and ND2 gene sequences. The new species are a part of the Cyrtodactylus khasiensis group. Both species represent the highland clade within the south of Brahmaputra clade of Indo-Burmese Cyrtodactylus. Based on ND2 gene sequence, the species from Meghalaya have an uncorrected p-distance of 4.21%–4.25% from a lowland species C. guwahatiensis Agarwal, Mahony, Giri, Chaitanya & Bauer, 2018 and is a sister taxon to C. septentrionalis Agarwal, Mahony, Giri, Chaitanya & Bauer, 2018. The species from Mizoram differ from its sister species C. bengkhuaiai Purkayastha, Lalremsanga, Bohra, Biakzuala, Decemson, Muansanga, Vabeiryureilai, Chauhan & Rathee, 2021 by a p-distance of 8.33%.


Biodiversity, Indo-Burma Hotspot, bent-toed gecko, ND2, systematics

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