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Cnemaspis pulchra MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA, 2007

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

Type locality: Rakwana, Ratnapura District, 06°30’N, 80°34’E, 458m elevation. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WHT 7023, (male), 34.2 mm SVL, M. M. Bahir & D. Gabadage, 06 March, 1996. 
CommentDiagnosis Cnemaspis pulchra differs from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL 34.2 mm; paired postmentals separated by a medial scale; each postmental bounded by 2 scales; ventrals, 121–133; ventral scales across mid-body, 24–27; dorsal scales heterogeneous, isolated, scattered; 6 spinelike tubercles on flanks; pectoral and abdominal scales smooth; ventral scales of tail base smooth; 3 or 4 preanal pores, 4–6 femoral pores on each side; subcaudals in median series not enlarged, keeled; supralabials to angle of jaws, 7 or 8; subdigital lamellae on digit IV of pes, 17–20. [from MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007]. 
EtymologyThe species name is a Latin (feminine) adjective meaning beautiful, pretty, elegant. 
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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