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Cnemaspis kandambyi BATUWITA & UDUGAMPALA, 2017

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymCnemaspis kandambyi BATUWITA & UDUGAMPALA 2017 
DistributionSri Lanka (Knuckles Range)

Type locality: Meemure, Knuckles Range, 07°26'N, 080°50'E, elevation 450 m msl, Sri Lanka  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. NMSL WHT 9466, adult male, 21.4 mm SVL. Paratypes. NMSL WHT 9467, adult male, 22.0 mm SVL; same collection data as holotype; NMSL uncatalogued specimen (Fig. 1A), adult male, 23.6 mm SVL; no locality data. 
CommentSimilar species: Cnemaspis podihuna; the record of Cnemaspis podihuna from Pallegama (07°32’N, 080°49’E) by Karunarathna et al. (2011) might belong to C. kandambyi sp. nov.

Sympatry: Three other species of Cnemaspis are known from the Knuckles Range: C. kallima, C. phillipsi and C. punctata (Manamendra-Arachchi et al. 2007).

Habitat: The new species was observed in large trees with epiphytes (Dendrobium sp.) in the Meemure area (07°26’N, 80°50’E; ~ 450 m msl) in the Knuckles Range (Fig. 3). Cnemaspis kandambyi sp. nov. is arboreal.

Behavior: diurnal.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe species name is a patronym in the Latin genitive singular, in honour of Dharma Sri Kandamby (Former Curator of the vertebrate section of the National Museum of Sri Lanka [1982-2012]), for his contributions to the herpetology of Sri Lanka and for his guidance to both authors. 
References
  • Batuwita, Sudesh; SAMPATH UDUGAMPALA 2017. Description of a new species of Cnemaspis (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Knuckles Range of Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 4254 (1): 082–090 - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, D. M. S. S., A. A. T. Amarasinghe, U. T. I. Abeywardena, M. D. C. Asela, H. B. Jayaneththi and P. L. Madurapperuma 2010. Some observations of Cnemaspis podihuna Deraniyagala, 1944 (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) Sri Lanka. Gekko 6 (1): 23-29 - 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
 
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