Cnemaspis rammalensis VIDANAPATHIRANA, GEHAN-RAJEEV, WICKRAMASINGHE, FERNANDO & MENDIS-WICKRAMASINGHE, 2014
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Sinhala: Rammale diva huna|
Tamil: Rammale pahalpalli
English: Rammale day gecko
|Synonym||Cnemaspis rammalensis VIDANAPATHIRANA, GEHAN-RAJEEV, WICKRAMASINGHE, FERNANDO & MENDIS-WICKRAMASINGHE 2014|
Type locality: Rammalakanda, Hambanthota District, Sri Lanka, (06°14'26.66"N, 80°38'4.19"E, elevation 470 m
|Types||Holotype: NMSL 2013.25.01 NH, Adult male, 52.9 mm SVL, 23 December 2011, collected by Dulan Ranga Vidanapathirana, Gehan Rajeev, and L. J. Mendis Wickramasinghe.|
Paratype. DWC 2013.05.001, Adult female, 53.8 mm SVL (Figure 3), 13.01.2012, the same data as holotype.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A large-sized Cnemaspis (adult snout to vent length 52–54 mm) (Table 1), which can be distinguished from all known congeners by the following combination of characters: Postmentals separated by a small scale; nostrils not in contact with first supralabial; supralabials (to mid orbital position) 8; supralabials (to angle of jaws) 10; interorbital scales across midpoint 48–50;throat scales smooth; dorsal tubercles 94–96; spine- like tubercles present on flanks; ventral scales smooth and imbricate; ventrals across mid body 28; ventrals 186– 207; mid-subcaudals large; no precloacal pores; 15 femoral pores on each side; 22–23 and 23–25 subdigital lamellae on finger IV and on toe IV respectively; tail dorsum bearing smooth scales. Cnemaspis rammalensis sp. nov., was compared with all 21 extant species of the genus Cnemaspis known from Sri Lanka and the species can be readily distinguished from the diagnostic characteristics, especially by its large size and the number of ventral scales, which is the highest amongst members of the genus (Table 2 in VIDANAPATHIRANA et al. 2014).|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The species epithet rammalensis is derived from “Rammalakanda” referring to the forest where the species was discovered. The specific name is an adjective derived from the geographical name.|
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