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Cnemaspis mahsuriae GRISMER, WOOD, QUAH, ANUAR, NGADI & AHMAD, 2015

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesMahsuri’s Rock Gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis mahsuriae GRISMER, WOOD, QUAH, ANUAR, NGADI & AHMAD 2015 
DistributionPeninsular Malaysia (Pulau Langkawi)

Type locality: at 400 m in elevation from a northwest facing slope on Gunung Raya, Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia (0451.715° N, 10047.993° E).  
TypesHolotype. LSUHC 11828, Adult male, collected on 24 August 2014 at 1900 hrs by L. L. Grismer, P. L. Wood, Jr., E. S. H. Quah, Jessika Vazquez.
Paratypes. The paratypes were all collected from along the road to the summit of Gunung Raya on Gunung Raya. LSUHC 11829 bears the same data as the holotype. LRCUKM 0098–99 were collected on 19 March 2014 at 503m asl (0622.905 N 09948.030 E) and 657 m (0622.665 N 09949.278 E), respectively. LRCUKM 0101 was collected 20 March 2014 at 503 m (0622.905 N 09948.030 E) and LRCUKM 0104 was collected on 21 March 2014 at 657 m (0622.665 N 09949.278 E). LRCUKM 098–99, 0101, 0104 were collected by Ehwan, N. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet mahsuriae is a patronym honoring the legendary woman Mahsuri Binti Pandak Mayah who lived on Pulau Langkawi during the early 1800s. Her renown beauty helped to usher in her marriage to the warrior Wan Darus but it also engendered jealously in the wife of the village chief who falsely accused Mahsuri of adultery while her husband was away at war. As punishment, Mahsuri was tied to a tree and stabbed to death with her family kris and while dying she placed a curse on the island for seven generations. A tomb honoring Mahsuri rests below the type locality on Gunung Raya. 
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; P. L. WOOD, JR., EVAN S. H. QUAH, SHAHRUL ANUAR, EHWAN NGADI & NORHAYATI AHMAD 2015. A new insular species of Rock Gecko (Cnemaspis Boulenger) from Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 3985 (2): 203–218
  • 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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