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Cnemaspis amboliensis SAYYED, PYRON & DILEEPKUMAR, 2018

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Amboli Day Gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis amboliensis SAYYED, PYRON & DILEEPKUMAR 2018 
DistributionIndia (Maharashtra)

Type locality: Amboli (15.960 N, 73.999 E; 735 m elevation), Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra, India  
Reproductionoviparous; Sayyed et al. have observed gravid females in the months of September and October 
TypesHolotype: BNHS 2458 (adult male); collected on 23 October, 2015. Paratypes: BNHS 2459 (adult female), BNHS 2504, BNHS 2506, BNHS 2507, BNHS 2508, and BNHS 2505 (all male) have the same collection data as for the holo- type, collected on tree trunks, rocks, inside walls of local houses, and on stone compound walls. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Medium-sized day gecko, SVL less than 32 mm; dorsal scales on trunk heterogeneous; granular, keeled, small scales intermixed with some large keeled scales; some conical and spine-like tubercles on flank; ventral scales smooth, imbricate, larger than dorsal; 19–22 midbody scales across the belly; scales on snout feebly keeled; canthus rostralis and forehead granular, feebly keeled; rostral not swollen, medial groove absent; gular with carinate scales, anterior gular scales smooth; dorsal scales on forelimb and hindlimb tricarinate; tail sub-cylindrical, ventrally swollen, one small triangular post-anal spur along each side present in males; sub-caudal smooth, imbricate, second and third rows each side carinated, median row slightly enlarged; 6–7 lamellae on digit I of manus and 10 on digit IV, 6–7 on digit I of pes and 10–11 on digit IV; males with three or four pre-anal pores and 3–4 femoral pores on each side of thigh. 
CommentBehavior: nocturnal

Habitat: tree trunks and rocks of the wooded area of Amboli town, also found on the inside and outside of the walls of local houses and on the stone compound walls in Amboli town

Sympatry: Hemidactylus sp., Cyrtodactylus albofasciatus, H. prashadi, Cnemaspis kolhapurensis, C. flaviventralis, Bungarus caeruleus, Trimeresurus malabaricus, Lycodon travancoricus, Macropisthodon plumbicolor, Uropeltis sp., Raorchestes ghatei, Pseu- dophilautus amboli, Indirana chiravasi, Rhacophorus malabaricus, Xanthophryne tigerina, and Duttaphrynus melanostictus. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet amboliensis refers to the type locality Amboli, from which the type series was collected. 
  • KHANDEKAR, AKSHAY; TEJAS THACKERAY & ISHAN AGARWAL 2019. Two more new species of Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the northern Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India. Zootaxa 4656 (1): 043–070 - get paper here
  • Kwet, A. 2019. Liste der im Jahr 2018 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Elaphe 2019 (3): 52-72
  • Sayyed A, Pyron RA, Dileepkumar R. 2018. Four new species of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the northern Western Ghats, India. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 12(2) [General Section]: 1–29 (e157) - get paper here
  • SAYYED, A. & SULAKHE, S. 2020. A new Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the northern Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India. Zootaxa 4885 (1): 83-98 - get paper here
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