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Cnemaspis minang ISKANDAR, MCGUIRE & AMARASINGHE, 2017

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymCnemaspis minang ISKANDAR, MCGUIRE & AMARASINGHE 2017 
DistributionIndonesia (West Sumatra)

Type locality: along the Solok Valley, near Gua Baba, Indarung, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia (0.9°S, 100.4°E)  
TypesHolotype. MZB 13002, Male, SVL 31.3 mm, collected on 18 July 2007 by D. Gusman. Paratype: Male, MZB 13003, SVL 30.4 mm, bears the same data as the holotype. 
CommentHabitat: primary rain forests of West Sumatra, where it has been found in crevices on tree trunks along the banks of the Tarusan River.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet refers to the area that Minangkabau people inhabit (the highlands of West Sumatra) and is formed here as an invariable noun in apposition. Minang is an abbreviation commonly used for this indigenous group as well. The name ‘‘Minangkabau’’ is derived from ‘‘Minang’’ (victorious) and ‘‘kabau’’ (buffalo) in reference to the legend that the people shrewdly won the rights to their land from a powerful neighboring prince by way of a buffalo fight. Traditional houses in the Minagkabau region have their roofs in the shape of buffalo horns. 
  • Iskandar, Djoko T.; Jimmy A. McGuire, and A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe 2017. Description of Five New Day Geckos of Cnemaspis kandiana Group (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Sumatra and Mentawai Archipelago, Indonesia. Journal of Herpetology 51 (1): 142-153 - 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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