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

Type locality: Bulasat Village, Pagai Selatan Island, West Sumatra, Indonesia, 34 m (03.07941°S, 100.29394°E),  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MZB 13004, Male, SVL 31.9 mm, collected on 2 July 2009 by J. A. McGuire and party. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cnemaspis pagai sp. nov. differs from all other Southeast Asian diminutive Cnemaspis in having the unique combination of a maximum SVL of 31.9 mm; each postmental bounded by three scales; dorsal scales keeled; four spine-like tubercles on flank; gular scales keeled; pectoral scales and abdominal scales keeled; ventral scales of thigh strongly keeled; two precloacal pores; three femoral pores on each side; subcaudals keeled, scales on median row enlarged and keeled; seven supralabials; 20 lamellae under fourth toe.
Cnemaspis pagai sp. nov. is most similar to C. modiglianii, but it can be distinguished from this species (characters in parenthe- ses) by having three (4 or 5) femoral pores (on each side) in males, and 20 (16–18) lamellae under the fourth toe. 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet refers to the island in the Mentawai Archipelago of Western Sumatra Province that is inhabited by this species. The specific epithet is formed here as an invariable noun in apposition. 
  • 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
  • LEE, JUSTIN L.; ARYEH H. MILLER, GEORGE R. ZUG, DANIEL G. MULCAHY 2019. The discovery of Rock Geckos Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) in the Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar with the description of two new species. Zootaxa 4661 (1): 040–064 - 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
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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