Cnemaspis regalis PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER, 2021
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis regalis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis regalis PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER 2021|
|Distribution||India (Tamil Nadu)|
Type locality: Mundanthurai, Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu (8.656°N, 77.331°E; 216 m asl)
|Types||Holotype: BNHS 2617, adult male collected by Saunak Pal and team on 20th December 2011.|
Paratypes: CESL 487, CESL 488 adult females and CESL 489 adult male collected from Kalakkad on 18th December 2011; CESL 495, CESL 502 adult males and BNHS 2618 adult female collected from Mundanthurai along with the holotype.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A medium sized Cnemaspis species (SVL up to 36.5 mm) characterised by the presence of heterogenous dorsal scales, small granular scales intermixed with conical, regularly arranged, weakly keeled tubercles; absence of spine like tubercles on the flank; paired postmentals partially touching or separated by a single median scale; 7–9 rows of middorsal tubercles; ventrals small, smooth, 148–154 scales from mental to cloaca; 40–44 midventral scales; one postcloacal spur on each side; males with 6–8 precloacal pores, femoral pores absent; subcaudals smooth, median row enlarged, with pairs of slightly smaller scales alternating two individual larger ones; tail with whorls of enlarged conical caudal tubercles; 7–9 supralabials to the angle of jaw; a distinct enlarged metacarpal scale below digit I; 2–3 initial subdigital lamellae on proximal series fragmented followed by entire, distal lamellae entire, 24–27 lamellae on digit IV of pes. (Pal et al. 2022)|
|Comment||Group: Belongs to the beddomei clade.|
|Etymology||Named after the Latin word ‘regalis’ meaning kingly or royal, due to the head ornamented with golden yellow crown like pattern in the males of this species.|
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