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Cnemaspis leucura KURITA, NISHIKAWA, MATSUI & HIKIDA, 2017

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Curse Rock Gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis leucura KURITA, NISHIKAWA, MATSUI & HIKIDA 2017 
DistributionMalaysia (Borneo: Sarawak)

Type locality: Gunung (= Mt.) Penrissen, Padawan, Kuching District, Sarawak, Malaysia, 01°07'21" N, 110°13'43" E, 1035 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous. Gravid females with two eggs in the oviducts were collected in February and at the end of August. Cnemaspis leucura might reproduce all year round or have a long reproductive season, perhaps due to the stability of annual climate in the area. 
TypesHolotype: SRC 00022, Adult male, (Sarawak Research Collections), Forest Research Center Sarawak (collected on 21 February 2012 by T. Hikida.
Paratypes (Fig. 4). Two adult females (SRC 00021, on 19 February 2012; SRC 00329, on 12 March 2013) by K. Nishikawa from the type locality, and three adult males (KUHE 57421, 57423, and 57424) and one adult female (KUHE 57422) on 31 August 2016 by T. Kurita from Kampung (= Village) Sadir, Padawan, Kuching District, Sarawak, Malaysia (1°06'25.128" N, 110°16'27.678" E, 180 m a.s.l.). 
CommentHabitat: surface of sandstone boulders and outcrops in primary dipterocarp forest. The surface of boulders were wet from spray from waterfalls (Figs. 5B, C). Cnemaspis leucura was exclusively found on the rock surface and, in the case of Kampung Sadir, all individuals of Cnemaspis on tree trunks were C. kendallii.

Sympatry: Cyrtodactylus pubisulcus, C. consobrinus

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet leucura is from the Greek leukos and oura, meaning white-tailed, referring to white subcaudal color on the posterior part of tail in the male holotype. The generic name is feminine in gender. 
  • KURITA, TAKAKI; KANTO NISHIKAWA, MASAFUMI MATSUI, TSUTOMU HIKIDA 2017. A new species of Rock Gecko genus Cnemaspis (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Western Sarawak, Malaysia. Zootaxa 4258 (6): 525–538 - get paper here
  • 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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