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

Type locality: Samanala upper region, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka, (N 06° 45’ 47.1” E 080° 29’ 30.1”, elevation 1430m).  
TypesHolotype: NMSL 20061501, Adult male, 36.91 mm SVL, 11.02.2005, collected by L . J. Mendis Wickramasinghe, Mahesh Chathuranga, D A I Munindradasa. 
EtymologyThe species epithet samanalensis is derived from the Latin for “Samanala region” referring to the forest where the species nov. is discovered. 
  • 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
  • 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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