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Cnemaspis phillipsi MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA, 2007

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymCnemaspis phillipsi MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA 2007 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Gammaduwa Estate, Gammaduwa near Rattota,
Matale District, 07º34’N, 80º42’ E, 760 m elevation Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WHT 7248 (male), 33.5 mm SVL 
CommentDiagnosis 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]. 
EtymologyThe 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. 
References
  • 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
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • VIDANAPATHIRANA, DULAN RANGA; M. D. GEHAN RAJEEV, NETHU WICKRAMASINGHE, SAMANTHA SURANJAN FERNANDO & L. J. MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & L. J. MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE 2014. Cnemaspis rammalensis sp. nov., Sri Lanka’s largest day-gecko (Sauria: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis) from Rammalakanda Man and Biosphere Reserve in southern Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 3755 (3): 273–286
 
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