Cnemaspis rajakarunai WICKRAMASINGHE, VIDANAPATHIRANA & RATHNAYAKE, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis rajakarunai?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Sinhala: Rajakarunage diva huna, |
Tamil: Rajakaruna pahalpalli
English: Rajakaruna’s day gecko
|Synonym||Cnemaspis rajakarunai WICKRAMASINGHE, VIDANAPATHIRANA & RATHNAYAKE 2016|
|Distribution||Sri Lanka (Sabaragamuwa)|
Type locality: Salgala, Kegalle, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka, (07°07'23.52"N, 080°15'01.44"E, elevation 310 m
|Reproduction||oviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: NMSL 2016.07.01 NH, Adult male, 38.1 mm SVL (Figure 2), 24 December 2012, collected by Dulan Ranga Vidanapathirana, Gayan Priyankara Rathnayake, and L. J. Mendis Wickramasinghe. Paratype. DWC 2016.05.01, adult female, 40.1 mm SVL (Figure 3), DWC 2016.05.02, adult male, 36.2 mm SVL (Figure 4), the same data as holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Cnemaspis rajakarunai sp. nov., was compared with all 22 extant species of the genus Cnemaspis known from Sri Lanka and the species can be readily distinguished from all known congeners by the following combination of characters: adult snout–vent length 36–40 mm (Table 1); precloacal pores absent, large femoero- precloacal scales 22; femoral pores 7–8, enlarged femoral scales 6; ventral scales 146–186; supralabials (to midorbital position) 7; supralabials (to angle of jaws) 9 (Table 2); total lamellae on finger IV 19–22 (4–5: 14–17), shape of the basal lamellae on toe IV elliptical (Table 3); and colouration prominent crown shaped off white markings on mid body from neck to tail base, pointing towards head.|
|Etymology||The species is named in honor of Henry Rajakaruna, one of the grandmasters in Sri Lankan photography, in recognition of his services to promote Fine Art Photography, in Sri Lanka for over half a century. The species epithet rajakarunai is a noun in the genitive case.|
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