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Cnemaspis beddomei (THEOBALD, 1876)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Sauria (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBeddome’s day gecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus marmoratus BEDDOME 1870
Gymnodactylus beddomei THEOBALD 1876: 88 (nom. nov. fide SMITH 1935)
Gonatodes marmoratus - BOULENGER 1885: 67
Cnemaspis beddomei - SMITH 1935: 71
Cnemaspis beddomei — WERMUTH 1965
Cnemaspis beddomei — KLUGE 1993
Cnemaspis (Cnemaspis) beddomei — RÖSLER 2000: 62 
DistributionS India

Type locality: Tinnevelly and Travancore Hills (3000 - 5000 ft. elevation)
Terra typica restricta (M. A. SMITH 1935): Travancore; Lectotype: “South Tinnevelly (Tirunelveli, southern Tamil Nadu State, India) and Travankor Hills 3000–5000 feet” elevation (Travancore, Kerala State, India). Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH, ZSI 5859; Lectotype (designated by ). BMNH 1946.9.4.83 (male), 46.6 mm SVL, coll. Colonel R. H. Beddome. 
CommentGymnodactylus marmoratus BEDDOME 1870 (non Cyrtodactylus [= Gymnodactylus] marmoratus GRAY 1831; non Heteronota marmorata MACLEAY 1877 = Gymnodactylus (Cyrtodactylus) pelagicus pelagicus (GIRARD))

Diagnosis Cnemaspis beddomei differs from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL 50.6 mm; paired postmentals separated by a medial scale; each postmental bounded by 4 or 5 scales including medial scale; ventrals, 154; dorsal scales heterogeneous; spine-like tubercles absent on flank; ventrals smooth, isolated and scattered; 7 preanal pores; no femoral pores; subcaudals on median row widened, irregular, some scales divided; supralabials to angle of jaws, 6; subdigital lamellae on digit IV of pes, 16 [ 
EtymologyNamed after Richard Henry Beddome, 1830–1911, British army officer and botanist. 
References
  • Beddome,R.H. 1870. Descriptions of some new lizards from the Madras Presidency. Madras Monthly J. Med. Sci. 1: 30-35
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Smith,M.A. 1935. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptiles and Amphibia, Vol. II. Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London, 440 pp.
  • Theobald,W. 1876. Descriptive catalogue of the reptiles of British India. Thacker, Spink & Co., Calcutta: xiii + 238 pp.
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - get paper here
 
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