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Cnemaspis boiei (GRAY, 1842)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesBoie’s day gecko 
SynonymGoniodactylus boei GRAY 1842: 58 (error typographicus)
Gonatodes boiei — BOULENGER 1885: 72
Cnemaspis boiei — SMITH 1935: 75, 176
Cnemaspis boiei — WERMUTH 1965
Cnemaspis boei [sic] — KLUGE 1993
Cnemaspis (Cnemaspis) boei [sic] — RÖSLER 2000: 62 

Type locality: India  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1962.181; Lectotype (designated by MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007): BMNH 1962.181A (male), 35.3 mm SVL, “India” 
CommentThis species is only known from its types which have no precise locality data. Its taxonomic status is hence unclear.

Cnemaspis boiei differs from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL 38.8 mm; paired postmentals separated by a medial scale; each postmental bounded by 4 scales; ventrals, 117; dorsal scales homogeneous; spine-like tubercles absent on flank; gular, pectoral and abdominal scales smooth; pectoral and abdominal scales juxtaposed; no femoral or preanal pores in either sex; subcaudals on median row enlarged, subequal; enlarged tubercles absent on base of tail; supralabials to angle of jaws, 6; subdigital lamellae on digit IV of pes, 17.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after Friedrich Boie (1789-1870) or his brother Heinrich Boie (1794-1827), German naturalists. See Irsch (2008) for short biographies. 
  • 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
  • Gray, J. E. 1842. Description of some new species of Reptiles, chiefly from the British Museum collection. Zoological Miscellany 2: 57-59. - get paper here
  • Irsch, Wilhem 2008. Heinrich Boie. Biologie in unserer Zeit 38 (3): 203
  • 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - 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.
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