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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Bandarawela, Badulla District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, 06º50’N, 80º59’E, 1220 m elevation. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: WHT 7214 (male), 30.4 mm SVL; coll. S. Batuwita, 01 May, 2006. 
CommentDiagnosis Cnemaspis latha differs from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL 30.4 mm; paired postmentals separated by a medial scale; each postmental bounded by 3 scales including medial scale; ventrals, 111; ventral scales across mid-body, 13; dorsal scales homogeneous; 6 spine-like tubercles present on flank; ventrals smooth; 2 preanal pores, 4 femoral pores on each side; subcaudals smooth, median row enlarged, irregular; supralabials to angle of jaws, 7; subdigital lamellae on digit IV of pes, 17; (in life) dorsum dusky-brown, with about five irregular bands with a middle paler spot; nape with a dark spot. [from MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007]. 
EtymologyThe species name is a feminine noun transliterated from the Sinhala, meaning pretty, elegant, beautiful: often used also as a proper noun, it is here applied as a substantive in apposition. 
  • 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
  • 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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