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Cnemaspis aaronbaueri SAYYED, GRISMER, CAMPBELL & DILEEPKUMAR, 2019

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCnemaspis aaronbaueri SAYYED, GRISMER, CAMPBELL & DILEEPKUMAR 2019 
DistributionIndia (Kerala)

Type locality: one meter above ground on a stone compound wall of a tea estate in Thenmala, (8.959972°N, 77.07517°E), elevation about 218 m, in the Kollam District of Kerala State.  
TypesHolotype. BNHS 2607, an adult male, 34.57 mm SVL, collected on 01 February 2017 by Amit Sayyed and Abhijit Nale. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cnemaspis aaronbaueri sp. nov. differs from all other Indian species of Cnemaspis by having the following characters: adult males reaching 34.57 mm SVL, adult females reaching 32.85 mm SVL; 6–7 supralabials; 6–7 infralabials; dorsal scales heterogeneous with small raised granules intermixed with randomly arranged weakly carinate, large tubercles; scales on lower flank slightly smaller than dorsum; 113–120 paravertebral tubercles; 71–85 mid-dorsal scales; spine-like tubercles absent on flanks; ventral scales smooth, imbricate; 135–140 midventral scales; 31–33 transverse scales across belly; subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of manus 23–25, under fourth digit of pes 24–25; males with 7–8 precloacal pores; Tail cylindrical, single small post-anal spur on each; dorsal scales on tail small, juxtaposed granules, intermixed with slightly enlarged, carinate tubercles; subcaudals on median row enlarged, smooth, series of two large scales alternating with one divided scale. Dorsal colour of head and neck brownish-yellow consistently in adult males; females with orange coloured head and neck. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a patronym, honouring Professor Dr. Aaron M. Bauer of Villanova University, USA for his contributions to herpetology. 
  • SAYYED, AMIT; L. LEE GRISMER, PATRICK D CAMPBELL, RAVEENDRAN DILEEPKUMAR 2019. Description of a cryptic new species of Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Western Ghats of Kerala State of India. Zootaxa 4656 (3): 501–514 - get paper here
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