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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
DistributionIndia (Kerala)

Type locality: “Wynaad” (Kerala State, south-western India), Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: BMNH (female), 26.0 mm SVL, purchased from Colonel Beddome (formerly a syntype of C. tropidogaster). 
CommentDiagnosis: Cnemaspis monticola is distinguished from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters: maximum SVL 33.1 mm; paired postmentals separated by a small scale; each postmental bounded by 3 scales including medial scale; dorsal scales heterogeneous; 5 spine-like tubercles present on flank; gulars carinate, other ventrals smooth, rounded, ventral surface of thigh smooth; preanal and femoral pores absent in females; subcaudals enlarged, intermixed with smooth, carinate scales; supralabials to angle of jaws, 8; subdigital lamellae on digit IV of pes, 18 [from MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007]. 
EtymologyThe species name, ‘monticola’, is Latin for ‘inhabitant of the mountains’, an allusion to the type locality, the Wynaad Hills of Kerala State, India. 
  • 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
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - get paper here
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