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Nguyen T.Q.,Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology | Lehmann T.,AG Zoologischer Garten Cologne | Le M.D.,National American University | Duong H.T.,Hanoi University of Science | And 3 more authors.
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

We describe a new species of the genus Hemiphyllodactylus on the basis of four specimens from Cao Bang Province, northern Vietnam. Hemiphyllodactylus zugi sp. nov. is distinguished from the remaining congeners by a combination of the following characters: a bisexual taxon; average SVL of adult males 41 mm, of adult female 46.6 mm; chin scales bor-dering mental and first infralabial distinctly enlarged; digital lamellae formulae 3-4-4-4 (forefoot) and 4-5-5-5 (hindfoot); femoral and precloacal pore series continuous, 18-21 in total in males, absent in female; cloacal spur single in males; dor-sal trunk pattern of dark brown irregular transverse bands; dark lateral head stripe indistinct; upper zone of flank with a series of large light spots, edged above and below in dark grey; caecum and gonadal ducts unpigmented. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press. Source


Iverson J.B.,Earlham College | Le M.,National American University | Ingram C.,American Museum of Natural History
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution | Year: 2013

The turtle family Kinosternidae comprises 25 living species of mud and musk turtles confined to the New World. Previous attempts to reconstruct a phylogenetic history of the group have employed morphological, isozyme, and limited mitochondrial DNA sequence data, but have not been successful in producing a well-resolved phylogeny. With tissues from every recognized species and most subspecies, we sequenced three mitochondrial (cyt b, 12S, 16S) and three nuclear markers (C mos, RAG1, RAG2). Our analyses revealed the existence of three well-resolved clades within the Kinosterninae (aged >22. mya), only two of which have been named: Sternotherus and Kinosternon. We here describe the third clade as a new genus. The evolutionary relationships among most species were well resolved, although those belonging to the K. scorpioides species group will require more extensive geographic and genetic sampling. Divergence time estimates and ancestral area reconstructions permitted the development of the first rigorous hypothesis of the zoogeographic history of the group, including support for three separate dispersals into South America, at least two of which preceded the closure of the Panamanian portal. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. Source


Luu V.Q.,University of Cologne | Luu V.Q.,AG Zoologischer Garten Cologne | Calame T.,WWF Greater Mekong | Nguyen T.Q.,Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology | And 4 more authors.
Zootaxa | Year: 2016

We describe a new species of the gekkonid genus Cyrtodactylus from Khammouane Province, central Laos based on morphological and molecular data. Morphologically, Cyrtodactylus rufford sp. Nov. differs from its congeners by a unique combination of the following characters: medium size, SVL reaching 72.5 mm; dorsal pattern with three or four light transverse bands between limb insertions; one intersupranasal; 14-16 irregular dorsal tubercle rows at midbody, weakly developed in the paravertebral region; 27-29 ventral scale rows between ventrolateral folds; 42-43 precloacal and femoral pores in a continuous row in males, enlarged femoral and precloacal scales present; 4 or 5 postcloacal tubercles on each side; dorsal tubercles present at base of tail; medial subcaudal scales enlarged. Molecular analyses show that the new species is closely related to C. khammouanensis, which was originally described from Khammouane Province. Copyright © 2016 Magnolia Press. Source


Schneider N.,University of Bonn | Phung T.M.,Dong Khoi 9A | Le M.D.,National American University | Nguyen T.Q.,Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology | And 2 more authors.
Zootaxa | Year: 2014

We describe a new species of the genus Cyrtodactylus from southern Vietnam, based on morphological and molecular datasets. Cyrtodactylus cucdongensis sp. nov. is described on the basis of seven specimens collected from Cuc Dong Cape, Khanh Hoa Province. The new species can be distinguished from the remaining bent-toed geckos by a combination of the following characters: maximum SVL 65.9 mm; 16-19 dorsal tubercle rows; 41-44 ventral scales at midbody; 5 or 6 precloacal pores in males, 4-6 pitted precloacal scales in females; no femoral pores; 6-13 enlarged precloacal scales; 5- 9 enlarged femoral scales; no transversally enlarged subcaudals; dorsal pattern consisting of irregular dark bands. This is the 33rd species of Cyrtodactylus known from Vietnam. © 2014 Magnolia Press. Source


Nguyen T.Q.,Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology | Botov A.,AG Zoologischer Garten Cologne | Le M.D.,National American University | Nophaseud L.,National University of Laos | And 4 more authors.
Zootaxa | Year: 2014

A new species of the genus Hemiphyllodactylus is described from Luang Prabang Province, northern Laos. Hemiphyllo-dactylus kiziriani sp. nov. is distinguished from the remaining congeners by morphology, coloration, and a significant ge-netic divergence of greater than 20% (ND2 gene). The new species from Laos is characterized by the following features: SVL of adult males 35.1-40.1 mm, of adult females 36.3-40.8 mm; dorsal scale rows 18-27; ventral scale rows 11-15; chin scales bordering mental and first infralabial distinctly enlarged; digital lamellae formulae 3-4-4-4 (forefoot) and 4-4/ 5-4/5-4 (hindfoot); femoral pores 0-4, total precloacal pores 10-13 in males, 8-10 pitted precloacal scales in females; cloacal spurs present in both sexes; dorsal trunk pattern dark brown with two rows of irregular transverse bands; dark lat-eral head stripe distinct; upper zone of flank with a dark brown stripe; caecum and gonadal ducts unpigmented. Copyright © 2014 Magnolia Press. Source

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