Calotes pethiyagodai AMARASINGHE, KARUNARATHNA, HALLERMANN, 2014
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Calotes pethiyagodai?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Pethiyagoda’s Crestless Lizard|
Sinhala (local) name: Pethiyagodagë Nosilu Katussa
Tamil (local) name: Pethiyagodavin Oonan
|Synonym||Calotes pethiyagodai AMARASINGHE, KARUNARATHNA, HALLERMANN in AMARASINGHE et al. 2014|
|Distribution||Sri Lanka (Knuckles massif), elevation 900-1400 m|
Type locality: Midland Estate, Knuckles, Sri Lanka, 7°31’N, 80°44’ E, elevation 915 m
|Reproduction||oviparous (by implication)|
|Types||Holotype: WHT 6211, Male, 91.8 mm SVL, coll. M. M. Bahir, A. Silva & K. Maduwage, 24 IX 2004.|
Paratypes. Male, WHT6154A, 91.3 mm SVL, Midlands Estate-Knuckles, alt. 915 m, coll. M. M. Bahir & M. Meegaskumbura, 5 VI 2004; Male, WHT6241, 88.9 mm SVL, Cobet’s Gap-Knuckles, alt. 1,000, coll. K. Manamendra-Arachchi & M.M. Bahir; Males, ZSM 215/1981/3–4, 59.4 mm SVL (sub adult), 76.8 mm SVL, Gammaduwa-Knuckles, W. Erdelen, 21 VI 1980; Male, ZSM 216/1981/1, 86.1 mm SVL, Cobet’s Gap-Knuckles, W. Erdelen, 27 VI 1980; Male, ZSM258/1979, 76.3 mm SVL, Cobet’s Gap-Knuckles, W. Erdelen, 01 IV 1979; Males, ZSM 218/1981/1–3, 81.5 mm SVL, 85.5 mm SVL, 76.7 mm SVL, Midcar-Knuckles, W. Erdelen, 05 XII 1979; Female, WHT 6154B, 80.8 mm SVL, Midlands Estate-Knuckles, alt. 915 m, coll. M. M. Bahir & M. Meegaskumbura, 5 VI 2004; Female, WHT106A, 78.9 mm SVL, Gammaduwa Estate-Knuckles, alt. 915 m, coll. K. Manamendra-Arachchi & D. Gabadage, 23 X 1993; Female, WHT1435, 77.2 mm SVL, Midlands Estate- Knuckles, coll. D. Gabadage & M.M. Bahir, 3 IX 1996. Females, ZSM 215/1981/1–2, 75.8 mm SVL, 78.3 mm SVL, Gammaduwa-Knuckles, W. Erdelen, 21 VI 1980; Female, ZMH R06165, 76.5 mm SVL, Gammaduwa- Knuckles, W. Erdelen, 7°34'00"N 80°42'00"E, coll. W. Erdelen, 1972; Female, ZSM 217/1981, 66.5 mm SVL, Cobet’s Gap-Knuckles, W. Erdelen, 19 VI 1979; Females, ZSM 218/1981/4–5, 71.8 mm SVL, 55.8 mm SVL (sub adult), Midcar-Knuckles, 05 XII 1979.
|Etymology||The species epithet is an eponym latinized in the genitive singular, honouring Tilak Rohan David Pethiyagoda (Pethiyagoda, R.), a Rolex awarded conservationist and the founder of the Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka (WHT), for his dedication and contribution to biodiversity conservation in Sri Lanka; his leading contribution to herpetological and ichthyological explorations in the Indian Subcontinent; and the great work he has done in order to restore and preserve the forests in the central highlands is highly commendable. His contributions are extremely important and they undoubtedly inform the many new taxonomists emerging out of India and Sri Lanka, especially at a time such as now when new taxonomists are very much in demand.|