Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh GRISMER, WOOD, MOHAMED, CHAN, HEINZ, SUMARLI, CHAN & LOREDO, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Merapoh Rock Gecko|
Malay: Cicak Batu Merapoh
|Synonym||Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh GRISMER, WOOD, MOHAMED, CHAN, HEINZ, SUMARLI, CHAN & LOREDO 2013|
Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh — GRISMER et al. 2014: 90
|Distribution||Peninsular Malaysia (Pahang)|
Type locality: Gua Gunting, Merapoh, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (4°42.069 N 101°58.512 E; at 257 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: LSUHC 11016, adult male, collected on 23 June 2013 by L. Lee Grismer at 2200 hrs at 23 m. Paratype. Adult female (LSUHC 11015) bears the same data as the holotype except it was collected at 1500 hrs|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet selamatkanmerapoh is a combination of the Malay word selamatkan which is analogous to the English transitive verb “save” (as in to protect) and Merapoh which is the region wherein the type locality occurs. This name is in reference to the fact that karst formations of Gua Gunting and Gua Goyang have been determined to possess high quality limestone and are slated to be quarried. It also echoes the campaigning slogan “Save Merapoh Caves” that is being used by the Malaysian Nature Society and other local agencies that are fighting to conserve the karst formations in this region.|