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Cnemaspis ganeshaiahi NARAYANAN, PAL, GRISMER & ARAVIND, 2023

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Ganeshaiah’s dwarf gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis ganeshaiahi NARAYANAN, PAL, GRISMER & ARAVIND 2023: 192 
DistributionIndia (Karnataka)

Type locality. Keeranhola Village, Male Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka, India (12.045478°N, 77.599490°E, 945 m asl).  
TypesHolotype. BNHS 3146, SVL 29.1 mm, adult male collected by Aravind N.A. and Surya Narayanan on 14th December 2021 (Figs 3, 4, 6A).
Paratypes. BNHS 3147, SVL 31.9 mm, adult male (Fig. 5A); BNHS 3148, SVL 29.4 mm, adult male (Fig. 5B), collection details same as holotype; BNHS 3149, SVL 30.6 mm, adult female (Fig. 5C) collected from the granite walls within human settlements, collections details same as holotype. BNHS 3150, SVL 32.2 mm, adult male; BNHS 3151, SVL 32.4 mm, adult male; BNHS 3152, SVL 32.8 mm, adult female; BNHS 3153, SVL 36.2 mm, juvenile female collected from rock boulders from near the type locality. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet of this new species is a patronym in honour of Professor K.N. Ganeshaiah, who served as a Professor of Plant Genetics and Breeding at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, and was a founding trustee of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore. Professor Ganeshaiah has contributed significantly towards plant breeding, ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology. He also popularised science literature in the local language and wrote over 25 books. 
  • Narayanan S, Pal S, Grismer LL, Aravind NA 2023. A new species of rupicolous Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Male Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, southern Eastern Ghats, India. Vertebrate Zoology 73: 189-203 - get paper here
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