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Cnemaspis alwisi MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & MUNINDRADASA, 2007

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Alwis’s day gecko
Sinhala: Alwisge diva huna
Tamil: Alwisin pahal palli 
SynonymCnemaspis alwisi MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & MUNINDRADASA 2007
Cnemaspis alwisi — MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007 
DistributionSri Lanka (Retigala and Maragala mountains, Nilgala area)

Type locality: Dolukanda, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, (N 07° 37’ 07.8” E 80° 24’ 50.3”, elevation 152m). Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: NMSL 2004.9.1, Adult male, 39.92 mm SVL, 23.12.2003, collected by L . J. Mendis Wickramasinghe and D. A. I. Munindradasa. 
CommentGroup: The C. alwisi group (4 species: Cnemaspis alwisi, C. punctata, C. rammalensis, and C. rajakarunai sp. nov.) is characterized by femoral pores present and precloacal pores absent, mid subcaudal scales extremely large, and abdominal scales smooth (Wickramasinghe et al. 2016). 
EtymologyThe species is an eponym in the Latin genitive singular honouring Lyn De Alwis, for his initiative in igniting a research culture in the country leading to Conservation of Wildlife resources. 
References
  • Barts, M. 2007. Sechs neue Taggeckos aus der Gattung Cnemaspis. Draco 7 (30): 93-96 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, Suranjan; D. M. S. and A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe 2011. A PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF THE REPTILE FAUNA IN NILGALA FOREST AND ITS VICINITY, MONARAGALA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA. Taprobanica 3 (02): 69-76
  • Manamendra-Arachchi, Kelum; Batuwita, Sudesh & Pethiyagoda, Rohan 2007. A taxonomic revision of the Sri Lankan day-geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis), with description of new species from Sri Lanka and southern India. Zeylanica 7 (1): 9-122
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • VIDANAPATHIRANA, DULAN RANGA; M. D. GEHAN RAJEEV, NETHU WICKRAMASINGHE, SAMANTHA SURANJAN FERNANDO & L. J. MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & L. J. MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE 2014. Cnemaspis rammalensis sp. nov., Sri Lanka’s largest day-gecko (Sauria: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis) from Rammalakanda Man and Biosphere Reserve in southern Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 3755 (3): 273–286
  • WICKRAMASINGHE, L. J. MENDIS; DULAN RANGA VIDANAPATHIRANA, R. M. GAYAN PRIYANKARA RATHNAYAKE 2016. Cnemaspis rajakarunai sp. nov., a rock dwelling day-gecko (Sauria: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis) from Salgala, an unprotected lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 4168 (1): 092–108
  • Wickramasinghe, L.J. MENDIS; & D. A. I. MUNINDRADASA 2007. Review of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Sauria: Gekkonidae) in Sri Lanka with the description of five new species. Zootaxa 1490: 1-63 - get paper here
 
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