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Cnemaspis retigalensis MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & MUNINDRADASA, 2007

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSinhala: Retigala diva huna
Tamil: Retigala pahal palli
E: Retigala day gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis retigalensis MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & MUNINDRADASA 2007
Cnemaspis retigalensis — MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Weweltenna, Retigala, Sri Lanka, (N 08° 06’ 40.3” E 080° 39’ 31.4”, elevation 710m ).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: NMSL 20061201, Adult male, 28.76 mm SVL, 30.10.2005, collected by L . J. Mendis Wickramasinghe and D. A. I. Munindradasa. 
CommentHabitat: C. retigalensis is often found in hill tops, on the lower 2m of trees and rocks.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe species epithet retigalensis is derived from Latin for “Retigala” referring to the forest where the species nov. is discovered. 
References
  • Barts, M. 2007. Sechs neue Taggeckos aus der Gattung Cnemaspis. Draco 7 (30): 93-96 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Wickramasinghe, L.J. MENDIS; & D. A. I. MUNINDRADASA 2007. Review of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Sauria: Gekkonidae) in Sri Lanka with the description of five new species. Zootaxa 1490: 1-63 - get paper here
 
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