Cyrtodactylus pubisulcus — Inger’s Bent-toed Gecko
Also known as:
Inger’s Bow-fingered Gecko
If I had seen this gecko in Peninsular Malaysia, I would have been confident that it was Cyrtodactylus quadrivirgatus. That species was formerly considered to be present in Borneo as well as in Peninsular Malaysia, but a recent study concluded that C. quadrivirgatus is not present in Borneo.
These two have such different overall appearance that I wouldn't be surprised if they turned out to be different species, but as far as I have been able to tell they are just "dark phase" and "light phase" C. pubisulcus.
Last year at Kubah I didn't see any small Cyrtodactylus at all, only the significantly larger Cyrtodactylus consobrinus. This year I saw a number of the little ones. Currently C. pubisulcus is the only small Cyrtodactylus recognized from this area.
Here's a very similar-looking individual from nearby Gunung Gading.
To my knowledge, Cyrtodactylus pubisulcus is the only small Cyrtodactylus at the lower elevations of Mulu National Park. Cyrtodactylus baluensis is known from the highlands, but we didn't go up high.
- Cyrtodactylus pubisulcus account on The Reptile Database
- Hayden R. Davis, Indraneil Das, Adam D. Leaché, Benjamin R. Karin, Ian G. Brennan, Todd R. Jackman, Izneil Nashriq, Kin Onn Chan, Aaron M. Bauer, 2021. Genetically diverse yet morphologically conserved: Hidden diversity revealed among Bornean geckos (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus)