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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesSinhala: Molligodage diva huna
Tamil: Molligodavin pahal palli
E: Molligoda’s day gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis molligodai MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & MUNINDRADASA 2007
Cnemaspis molligodai — MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007 
DistributionSri Lanka (Kalugala, Kukule ganga, Kanneliya-Nakiyadeniya, Kottawa, Oliyagankele, Gileemale, Hunuwela, Sinharaja-Kudawa and Sinharaja-East)

Type locality: Waratalgoda, Rathnapura, Sri Lanka, (N 6° 32’ 19.4” E 80° 18’ 27.4”, elevation 387m ).  
TypesHolotype: NMSL 20061401, Adult male, 26.62 mm SVL,10.04.2000, collected by L . J. Mendis Wickramasinghe. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small-sized Cnemaspis (snout to vent length 25–28 mm in an adult males), which can be distinguished from all known congeners by the following combination of characters: postmentals separated by a small scale; nostrils are in contact with first supralabial; 7–8 supralabials to angle of mid-orbit position and end of jaw at 9–11 supralabials; 30–37 interorbitals; throat scales smooth; 78–80 dorsal tubercles; dorsal tubercles granulated; absence of groups of carinated large scales in dorsal body; spine-like tubercles absent on flanks; 20 midventrals; ventral smooth and subimbricate; subcaudals extremely large; 5 preanal pores; 8 femoral pores on each side; 11–13 subdigital lamellae and 4–5 basal lamellae in the 4th finger; 12 subdigital lamellae and 6–7 basal lamellae in the 4th toe; slightly large, smooth and segmented scales intermixed with subconicals in dorsal tail.
C. molligodai sp. nov. is congener with C. podihuna from morphological characters. However, C. molligodai can easily be distinguished from C. podihuna by having narsal connected to first supralabial, intraorbital count, preannal pores count, dorsal tubercle count and snout to eye distance, and also from morphometric analysis.
CommentHabitat: C. molligodai is found in split bark of large isolated trees up to canopy. 
EtymologyThe species is an eponym in the Latin genitive singular honouring Hayasith Molligoda, for his commitment towards conserving the reptile fauna in the country. 
  • Agarwal, I., Biswas, S., Bauer, A.M., Greenbaum, E., Jackman, T.R., De Silva, A. & Batuwita, S. 2017. Cryptic species, taxonomic inflation, or a bit of both? New species phenomenon in Sri Lanka as suggested by a phylogeny of dwarf geckos (Reptilia, Squamata, Gekkonidae, Cnemaspis). Systematics and Biodiversity, 15, 427–439 - get paper here
  • Barts, M. 2007. Sechs neue Taggeckos aus der Gattung Cnemaspis. Draco 7 (30): 93-96 - get paper here
  • Batuwita, Sudesh; SAMPATH UDUGAMPALA 2017. Description of a new species of Cnemaspis (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Knuckles Range of Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 4254 (1): 082–090 - get paper here
  • Jayaneththi, Hareschandra Bandula 2015. Vertebrate fauna of Morankanda-Mukalana secondary forest patch in Sri Lanka: A checklist reported from 2004-2008 survey. RUHUNA JOURNAL OF SCIENCE 6: 21- 41 - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, Suranjan; Nikolay A. Poyarkov, Anslem de Silva, Majintha Madawala, Madhava Botejue, Vladislav A. Gorin, Thilina Surasinghe, Dinesh Gabadage, Kanishka D.B. Ukuwela & Aaron M. Bauer 2019. Integrative taxonomy reveals six new species of day geckos of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from geographically-isolated hill forests in Sri Lanka. Vertebrate Zoology 69 (3): 247–298 - get paper here
  • Manamendra-Arachchi, Kelum; Batuwita, Sudesh & Pethiyagoda, Rohan 2007. A taxonomic revision of the Sri Lankan day-geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis), with description of new species from Sri Lanka and southern India. Zeylanica 7 (1): 9-122
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • VIDANAPATHIRANA, DULAN RANGA; M. D. GEHAN RAJEEV, NETHU WICKRAMASINGHE, SAMANTHA SURANJAN FERNANDO & L. J. MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & L. J. MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE 2014. Cnemaspis rammalensis sp. nov., Sri Lanka’s largest day-gecko (Sauria: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis) from Rammalakanda Man and Biosphere Reserve in southern Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 3755 (3): 273–286 - get paper here
  • Wickramasinghe, L.J. MENDIS; & D. A. I. MUNINDRADASA 2007. Review of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Sauria: Gekkonidae) in Sri Lanka with the description of five new species. Zootaxa 1490: 1-63 - get paper here
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