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Cnemaspis boiei (GRAY, 1842)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Boie’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” 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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. 
CommentStatus: This species is only known from its types which have no precise locality data. Its taxonomic status is hence unclear.

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 - 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
  • 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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