Cnemaspis kumarasinghei MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & MUNINDRADASA, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis kumarasinghei?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Sinhala: Kumarasinhage diva huna|
Tamil: Kumarasinghevin pahal palli
E: Kumarasinghe’s day gecko
|Synonym||Cnemaspis kumarasinghei MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & MUNINDRADASA 2007|
Cnemaspis kumarasinghei — MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007
Type locality: Maragala, Monaragala, Sri Lanka, (N 06° 52’ 55.8” E 081° 23’ 09.7”, elevation 910m).
|Types||Holotype: NMSL 20061301, Adult male, 31.61 mm SVL, 27.04.2004, collected by L . J. Mendis Wickramasinghe and R.H.S.S. Fernando.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A small-sized Cnemaspis (snout to vent length 28–32 mm in an adult males), which can be distinguished from all known congeners by the following combination of characters: Postmentals separated by a small scale; nostrils are not in contact with the first supralabial; six or seven supra labials to angle of mid-orbit position and end of jaw at eight supra labials; 26 interorbitals; throat scales smooth; dorsal tubercles 61–68; dorsal tubercles small, rounded, pentagonal or hexagonal; absence of groups of carinated large scales in dorsal body; spine-like tubercles absent on flanks; midventrals 22; ventral scales smooth and imbricate; subcaudals slightly large; 2–3 preanal pores; 3–4 femoral pores on each side; 11–12 subdigital lamellae and 4 basal lamellae in the 4th finger; 12 subdigital lamellae and 6 basal lamellae in the 4th toe; dorsal tail with carinated tubercles and subimbricate scales.|
C. kumarasinghei sp. nov. is congener with C. kandiana and C. retigalensis sp. nov. from morphological characters. However, C. kumarasinghei can easily be distinguished from C. kandiana by having smooth gula scales and, from C. retigalensis by having preanal scales, and also from morphometric analysis. C. kumarasinghei is found on trees in hill tops, often in male-female pairs.
|Etymology||The species is an eponym in the Latin genitive singular honouring Siril Kumarasinghe, for his sacrifices towards conserving the wildlife in the country, eventually giving away his own life to the very cause.|