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Cnemaspis punctata MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA, 2007

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

Type locality: Gammaduwa Estate, Gammaduwa near Rattota,
Matale District, 07º34’N, 80º42’ E, 760 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WHT 7256 (male), 37.1 mm SVL, coll. S. Batuwita & P. Wickramathilaka, 23 March 2007 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cnemaspis punctata differs from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL 36.0 mm; paired postmentals separated by a medial scale; each postmental bounded by 4 scales including medial scale; ventrals, 131–135; ventral scales across midbody, 20–29; dorsal scales homogeneous; dorsal tubercles isolated, scattered; spine-like tubercles present on flanks; ventrals smooth; preanal pores absent; 5–7 femoral pores on each side; subcaudals smooth, scales on median row enlarged, subequal; supralabials to angle of jaws, 7–10; subdigital lamellae on digit IV of pes, 17–23; (in life) dorsum dark, with minute olive-coloured spots forming an irregular pattern; two longitudinal series of distinct dusky-white spots on dorsum; tail with about nine dusky-white blotches [from  
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymology 
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
  • 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
  • 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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