Cnemaspis phillipsi MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis phillipsi?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis phillipsi MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA 2007|
Type locality: Gammaduwa Estate, Gammaduwa near Rattota,
Matale District, 07º34’N, 80º42’ E, 760 m elevation
|Types||Holotype: NMSL (= WHT) 7248 (male), 33.5 mm SVL|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Cnemaspis phillipsi differs from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL 36.6 mm; paired postmentals in contact or separated by a medial scale; each postmental bounded by 2 scales including medial scale; ventrals, 129–141; ventral scales across midbody, 18–25; dorsal scales homogeneous; spinelike tubercles present on flank; ventrals smooth; no preanal pores; 15 or 16 femoral pores on each side; subcaudals smooth, median row enlarged, subequal; supralabials to angle of jaws, 8 or 9; subdigital lamellae on digit IV of pes 17–19; no caudal tubercles; (in life) dorsum dusky brown, with about eight narrowly separated rusty-brown blotches; nape with a distinctive broad, long, black marking [MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007].|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The species name is a patronym, Latinized in the possessive singular case, honouring W. W. A. Phillips (1892–1981), who apparently collected the first specimens of this species from his tea plantation at Gammaduwa, subsequently identified by P. E. P. Deraniyagala (1953) as C. jerdonii scalpensis.|
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