Cnemaspis podihuna DERANIYAGALA, 1944
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis podihuna?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Deraniyagala's Gecko|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis podihuna DERANIYAGALA 1944: 226|
Cnemaspis podihuna — WERMUTH 1965: 16
Cnemaspis podihuna — KLUGE 1993
Cnemaspis (Cnemaspis) podihuna — RÖSLER 2000: 63
Cnemaspis podihuna — KARUNARATHNA & AMARASINGHE 2011
|Distribution||Sri Lanka (Lahugala)|
Type locality: Lahugala, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Neotype. NMSL 20061001, Adult male, 24.47 mm SVL , from Lahugala, Siyabalanduwa, Sri Lanka, (N 06° 52’ 55.9” E 081° 42’ 30.2”, elevation 387m ), 24.03.2006, collected by L . J. Mendis Wickramasinghe and D. A. I. Munindradasa.|
Syntypes: NMSL20061002, Adult male, 26.61 mm SVL; NMSL20061003, Adult male, 24.95 mm SVL; NMSL20061004, Subadult female, 21.70 mm SVL, the same date, locality and collectors.
|Comment||Similar species: Cnemaspis kandambyi; the record of Cnemaspis podihuna from Pallegama (07°32’N, 080°49’E) by Karunarathna et al. (2011) might belong to C. kandambyi.|
C. podihuna is congener with. C. molligodai sp. nov. .from morphological characters. However, C. podihuna can easily be distinguished from C. molligodai by having nasal not connected to first supralabial, intraorbital count, preanal pores count, dorsal tubercle count and snout to eye distance, and also from morphometric analysis.
Group: The C. podihuna group (2 species: Cnemaspis podihuna and C. molligodai), is characterized by the presence of both femoral and precloacal pores, mid subcaudal scales extremely large, and smooth abdominal scales (Wickramasinghe et al. 2016).
The voucher specimen deposited in National Museum Sri Lanka (NMSL) in place of the misplaced type specimen of C. podihuna differs in morphological detail to type description as well as to the morphometric parameters of specimens collected from the type locality. The above specimen belongs to C.molligodai sp. nov. of the present study, hence the neotype of C. podihuna (NMSL20061001) is deposited.
Original description in Amarasinghe et al. 2009.
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