Cnemaspis monachorum GRISMER, AHMAD, CHAN, BELABUT, MUIN, WOOD & GRISMER, 2009
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis monachorum?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Monks’ Rock Gecko|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis monachorum GRISMER, AHMAD, CHAN, BELABUT, MUIN, WOOD & GRISMER 2009|
Cnemaspis monachorum — GRISMER 2011
|Distribution||Malaysia (Pulau Langkawi, Kedah)|
Type locality: 35 m from Wat Wanaram, Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia (06°20.275 N, 99°52.507 E.
|Types||Holotype: ZRC 2.6774, adult male collected on 11 October 2008 by Daicus Belabut at 1030 hrs. Paratypes. Collection locality, date and time of collection of paratype LSUHC 9118 (female) are the same as that for the holotype. For paratypes ZRC 2.6775–76 (female and male, respectively) and LSUHC 9118 (female) the collection date was 13 October 2008. All paratypes were collected by Norhayati, A., Chan K. O., B. Trevertt, Muin M., Daicus B., and L. Grismer.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Cnemaspis monachorum differs from all other Southeast Asia species of Cnemaspis in having the unique combination of adult males reaching 31.4 mm SVL, adult females reaching 32.9 mm SVL; seven or eight supralabials; lateral postmentals separated at midline by a single smaller postmental; 5–7 infralabials; forearm, subtibials, ventrals, subcaudals, and dorsal tubercles smooth; 11–19 paravertebral tubercles whose rows begin one-third of the way down the body; tubercles on flanks very small and not linearly arranged; tubercles absent within lateral caudal furrow; ventrolateral, caudal tubercles present anteriorly; median, subcaudal row of enlarged, smooth scales; one or two postcloacal tubercles; femoral pores absent; three contiguous, precloacal, pore-bearing scales; subtibials much larger than dorsal tibials; no enlarged, submetatarsal scales; 25–27 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; gravid females carry only one egg; mental scale yellow; dark, midgular line; no distinct, large, dark spots on neck; no dark shoulder patch enclosing ocelli; no light, postscapular band or postscapular spots; no white markings on flanks; no distinct, alternating dark and light, caudal bands; subcaudal region pigmented, not immaculate. These differences are summarized across all other Cnemaspis in Grismer et al. 2008a (Table 1) and Grismer et al. 2014 (Table 6).|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet monachorum is derived from the Latin masculine monachus meaning monk and the plural genitive –orum to honor the monks at Wat Wanaram who not only graciously allowed us to hunt through their homes and caves throughout the day and night but gave us advice as to where to look.|
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