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Cnemaspis nigriventris PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER, 2021

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCnemaspis nigriventris PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER 2021 
DistributionIndia (Kerala)

Type locality: Achankovil Reserve Forest (9.127 °N, 77.177°E; 207 m asl)  
TypesHolotype: BNHS 2619, adult male, collected by Saunak Pal and Mrugank Prabhu on 25th May 2011. Paratype: CESL 264, adult male and CESL 265, juvenile; collected along with the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized Cnemaspis species (SVL up to 38.2 mm) characterised by the presence of heterogenous dorsal scales, small granular scales intermixed with rounded, regularly arranged tubercles; absence of spine like tubercles on the flank; paired postmentals separated by 1 median scale; 13–14 rows of middorsal tubercles; ventrals small, smooth, 154–159 scales from mental to cloaca; 38–40 midventral scales; one postcloacal spur on each side; males with 6–7 precloacal pores, femoral pores absent; subcaudals smooth, median row enlarged, with two slightly smaller scales alternating single larger one; 7–8 supralabials to the angle of jaw; an enlarged metacarpal scale below digit I; few subdigital lamellae on proximal series fragmented followed by entire, distal lamellae entire; 24–25 lamellae on digit IV of pes. (Pal et al. 2022) 
CommentGroup: Belongs to the beddomei clade. 
EtymologyNamed after the combination of Latin word ‘niger’ meaning black and ‘venter’ meaning belly, due to the distinct black ventral colouration in the male of this species. 
  • Pal, S., Mirza, Z. A., Dsouza, P., & Shanker, K. 2021. Diversifying on the Ark: multiple new endemic lineages of dwarf geckos from the Western Ghats provide insights into the systematics and biogeography of South Asian Cnemaspis (Reptilia: Squamata). Zoological Research, 42(6): 675-691 - get paper here
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