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Cnemaspis kallima MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA, 2007

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymCnemaspis kallima MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA 2007 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Gammaduwa Estate, Gammaduwa near Rattota,
Matale District, 07º34’N, 80º42’ E, 760 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: NMSL (= WHT) 7245 (male), 28.8 mm SVL, coll. S. Batuwita & P. Wickramathilaka, 23 March 2007. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cnemaspis kallima differs from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL 35.1 mm; paired postmentals separated by a medial scale; each postmental bounded by 4 scales including medial scale; ventrals, 133–135; ventral scales across midbody, 21; dorsal scales heterogeneous; an irregular row of 15 spine-like tubercles present on flank; ventrals smooth; 3 preanal pores, 4 femoral pores on each side; anterior half of subcaudals smooth, posterior half carinate, median row enlarged, irregular; supralabials to angle of jaws, 7 or 8; subdigital lamellae on digit IV of pes, 18 or 20; (in life) dorsum dark to light brown, with about three quadrate dusky-yellow markings; tail with several pale bands; venter dusky white or yellow. [from MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007]. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe species name is derived from the Greek noun καλλοσ (kallos, = beauty), applied here as a feminine diminutive noun in apposition. 
References
  • Agarwal, I., Biswas, S., Bauer, A.M., Greenbaum, E., Jackman, T.R., De Silva, A. & Batuwita, S. 2017. Cryptic species, taxonomic inflation, or a bit of both? New species phenomenon in Sri Lanka as suggested by a phylogeny of dwarf geckos (Reptilia, Squamata, Gekkonidae, Cnemaspis). Systematics and Biodiversity, 15, 427–439 - 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
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • VIDANAPATHIRANA, DULAN RANGA; M. D. GEHAN RAJEEV, NETHU WICKRAMASINGHE, SAMANTHA SURANJAN FERNANDO & L. J. MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & L. J. MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE 2014. Cnemaspis rammalensis sp. nov., Sri Lanka’s largest day-gecko (Sauria: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis) from Rammalakanda Man and Biosphere Reserve in southern Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 3755 (3): 273–286
 
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