Cnemaspis samanalensis MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & MUNINDRADASA, 2007
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Sinhala: Samanala kandu diva huna|
Tamil: Sivanolipathamalai pahal palli
E: Samanala day gecko
|Synonym||Cnemaspis samanalensis MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & MUNINDRADASA 2007|
Cnemaspis samanalensis — MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007
Type locality: Samanala upper region, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka, (N 06° 45’ 47.1” E 080° 29’ 30.1”, elevation 1430m).
|Types||Holotype: NMSL 20061501, Adult male, 36.91 mm SVL, 11.02.2005, collected by L . J. Mendis Wickramasinghe, Mahesh Chathuranga, D A I Munindradasa.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A medium-sized Cnemaspis (snout to vent length 32–37 mm in an adult males), which can be distinguished from all known congeners by the following combination of characters: postmentals separated by a small scale; nostrils are not in contact with first supralabial; 6–7 supra labials to angle of mid-orbit position and end of jaw at nine supra labials; 32 interorbitals; 3–4 prominent conical tubercles behind ear; throat scales keels; dorsal tubercles 62–64; dorsal tubercles small, rounded, pentagonal or hexagonal; intermixed with small groups of large tubercles (4–6 in a cluster) at the mid region of the body; lower part of flank with spine- like tubercles; upper part of flank with subconical-trihedral scales; gular scales keels; midventrals 32; ventral keels and imbricate; mid subcaudals small; 3–4 preanal pores; 3–4 femoral pores on each side; 11–12 subdig- ital lamellae and 4–5 basal lamellae in the 4th finger; 12–13 subdigital lamellae and 7 basal lamellae in the 4th toe.|
C. samanalensis sp. nov. is congener with C. tropidogaster from morphological characters. However, C. samanalensis can easily be distinguished from C. tropidogaster by the SVL, presence of prominent conical tubercles (3–4) behind ear, presence of groups of large tubercles in clusters (4–6 in a cluster) in
dorsal body, presence of well prominent spine-like tubercles on flank, the intraorbital, dorsal tubercle and ventral counts, and also from morphometric analysis.
|Etymology||The species epithet samanalensis is derived from the Latin for “Samanala region” referring to the forest where the species nov. is discovered.|
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