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Cnemaspis limayei SAYYED, PYRON & DILEEPKUMAR, 2018

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Limaye’s Day Gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis limayei SAYYED, PYRON & DILEEPKUMAR 2018 
DistributionIndia (Maharashtra)

Type locality: “near a dry stream at Marutiwadi (16.221 N, 73.475 E; 132 m asl), near Phondaghat, Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra, India”  
Reproductionoviparous; gravid females were observed in the months of October and November at the study area. 
TypesHolotype: BNHS 2454 (adult male); collected at night on 12 February, 2015 on a tree branch. Paratypes: BNHS 2455 (female), ZSI-WRC R/1051, ZSI-WRC R/1052 (male) and ZSI-WRC R/1053 (fe- male); same locality as holotype on the tree trunk and on the rocks of a dry stream, collected at the same place and time as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Small-sized Cnemaspis, SVL less than 31 mm. Dorsal scales on trunk heterogeneous; granular, feebly keeled scales intermixed with large keeled depressed scales; conical and spine-like tubercles absent on flank; ventral scales smooth, larger than dorsal; pre-anal scales larger than ventral; 26–27 scales across the belly between lowest rows of dorsal scales; mental posteriorly pointed; two pairs of postmentals, primary larger than secondary, secondary postmentals touching first and second infralabials; nostrils in narrow contact with supralabial I; seven lamellae on digit I of the manus and 9–11 on digit IV, 7–8 on digit I of the pes, and 10–12 on digit IV. Males with 4–5 femoral pores on each side, pre-anal pores absent. Tail base visibly swollen, median sub-caudal scales not enlarged; one triangular, slightly keeled post-anal, very small tubercles along each side present in both sexes; broadly acute, prominent tubercles with small keeled scales dorsally on tail. 
CommentBehavior: nocturnal (despite its name “Day Gecko”)

Habitat: tree trunks above 1–3 meters above ground, on the rock bed of a dried stream surrounded by forest; walls of houses made of mud and on compound wall structures of stone in Marutiwadi village.

Sympatry: Hemidactylus sp., Eutropis cf. macularia, Ahaetulla nasuta, and Amphiesma beddomei. 
EtymologySpecific epithet is a patronym in honor of Mr. Sunil. B. Limaye, Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Pune. 
  • KHANDEKAR, AKSHAY; TEJAS THACKERAY & ISHAN AGARWAL 2019. Two more new species of Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the northern Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India. Zootaxa 4656 (1): 043–070 - get paper here
  • Kwet, A. 2019. Liste der im Jahr 2018 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Elaphe 2019 (3): 52-72
  • Sayyed A, Pyron RA, Dileepkumar R. 2018. Four new species of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from the northern Western Ghats, India. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 12(2) [General Section]: 1–29 (e157) - get paper here
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