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Cnemaspis anaikattiensis MUKHERJEE, BHUPATHY & NIXON, 2005

IUCN Red List - Cnemaspis anaikattiensis - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymCnemaspis anaikattiensis MUKHERJEE, BHUPATHY & NIXON 2005
Cnemaspis anaikattiensis — MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007 
DistributionIndia (Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: Anaikatti Hills (11°05’30.9’’ N and 76° 47’ 36.2’’ E), Western Ghats, Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu, India Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: ZSI 25601, Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata. Adult male; collected by A.M.A. Nixon and Debanik Mukherjee, 17 September 2003. Paratype: ZSI 25602, female, data as above. 
CommentAdult male, snout-vent length (SVL) 61 mm, tail length (TL) 58 mm.

C. anaikattiensis (superficially) appears similar to C. sisparensis and C. heteropholis of the Western Ghats. MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007 synonymized this species with C. sisparensis.

Diagnosis: C. anaikattiensis is diagnosable from its congeners by the following combination of characters: A large day gecko (SVL 61mm) with circular pupil, flanks without spine like tubercles, nostril in contact with the first supralabial, postmentals three pairs – scales of first pair separated by three small interscales, dorsal scales heterogeneous intermixed with enlarged tubercles, both dorsal and ventral scales of the body smooth, midventral scales in 26–27 rows
and lamellae under IVth digit is 16. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
References
  • 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
  • Mukherjee, D.; Bhupathy, S.; Nixon, A.M.A. 2005. A new species of day gecko (Squamata, Gekkonidae, Cnemaspis) from the Anaikatti Hills, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Current Science 89 (8): 1326-1328
 
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