Cnemaspis menikay MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis menikay?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis menikay MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA 2007|
Type locality: Ihala- Kalugala, Allauwa, Kegalle District, Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka, 07°15’N, 80°16’E, 300m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: NMSL (= WHT) 7219, (male), 26.8 mm SVL, coll. S. Batuwita, 19 April, 2006|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Cnemaspis menikay differs from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL 28.0 mm; paired postmentals separated by a medial scale; each postmental bounded by 3 scales; ventrals, 126–138; ventral scales across mid-body, 20–26; dorsal scales heterogeneous; 15 spine-like tubercles on flanks; ventrals smooth; 1 or 2 preanal pores, 3 or 4 femoral pores per side; subcaudals in median series not enlarged, keeled; supralabials to angle of jaws, 7 or 8; subdigital lamellae on digit IV of pes, 15; (in life) dorsum dark-brown, with yellowish spots laterally; uninterrupted dusky yellow mid-dorsal line; occipital region with three yellow spots. [from MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007].|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The species name is a transliteration of the Sinhala word for jewel or gem, an object of great value, a term of endearment by which women are sometimes addressed; applied here as a noun in apposition.|