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Cnemaspis beddomei (THEOBALD, 1876)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Beddome’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 (Tamil Nadu, Kerala)

Type locality: Tinnevelly and Travancore Hills (3000 - 5000 ft. elevation); restricted to Travancore (M. A. SMITH 1935);

Lectotype locality: “South Tinnevelly (Tirunelveli, southern Tamil Nadu State, India) and Travankor Hills 3000–5000 feet” elevation (Travancore, Kerala State, India).  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.9.4.83 (male), 46.6 mm SVL, coll. Colonel R. H. Beddome; paralectotypes: BMNH 1946.9.4.81-87 (, ZSI 5859f 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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. 
CommentSynonymy: Gymnodactylus marmoratus BEDDOME 1870 (non Cyrtodactylus [= Gymnodactylus] marmoratus GRAY 1831; non Heteronota marmorata MACLEAY 1877 = Gymnodactylus (Cyrtodactylus) pelagicus pelagicus (GIRARD)) 
EtymologyNamed after Richard Henry Beddome, 1830–1911, British army officer and botanist. 
  • Beddome, R.H. 1870. Descriptions of some new lizards from the Madras Presidency. Madras Monthly J. Med. Sci. 1: 30-35
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • 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. - get paper here
  • 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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