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Cnemaspis flavigularis PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER, 2021

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCnemaspis flavigularis PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER 2021 
DistributionIndia (Cardemom Hills, Kerala)

Type locality: Mathikettan Shola National Park, Cardemom Hills, Kerala (9.973°N, 77.245°E; ca. 1340 m asl)  
TypesHolotype: BNHS 2621, adult male collected by Saunak Pal and team on 27th March 2011.
Paratypes: BNHS 2622, adult female; CESL 247 and CESL 249, adult males; collected along with the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small sized, Cnemaspis species (SVL up to 33.1 mm) characterised by the presence of homogenous dorsal scales, small, granular; few scattered tubercles on the flank, reduced, subconical; ventrals smooth, subimbricate, 104–108 longitudinal scales from mental to cloaca, 21–23 midventral scales; three pairs of postmentals, first pair separated by a single median scale, each postmental surrounded by three to four scales including median scale; males with 10 to 12 femoral pores, precloacal pores absent; a pair of small postcloacal spur present; subcaudals smooth, median row enlarged; seven to nine supralabials to the angle of jaw; proximal lamellae enlarged, plate like, followed by much smaller distal lamellae; 16–18 lamellae on digit IV of pes. (Pal et al. 2022) 
CommentGroup: Belongs to the littoralis clade. 
EtymologyNamed after the combination of the Latin word ‘flavus’ meaning yellow and ‘gularis’ meaning throat, referring to the distinct yellow colouration of the throat in males of the new species. 
  • Pal, S., Mirza, Z. A., Dsouza, P., & Shanker, K. 2021. Diversifying on the Ark: multiple new endemic lineages of dwarf geckos from the Western Ghats provide insights into the systematics and biogeography of South Asian Cnemaspis (Reptilia: Squamata). Zoological Research, 42(6): 675-691 - get paper here
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