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Cnemaspis silvula MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA, 2007

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymCnemaspis silvula MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA 2007 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Kombala- Kottawa Forest Reserve, Kottawa, Galle District, Southern Province of Sri Lanka, 06º06’N, 80º20’E, 60 m elevation. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WHT 7208 (male), 28.6 mm SVL coll. S. Batuwita, 24 October, 2005. 
CommentDiagnosis Cnemaspis silvula differs from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL 28.6 mm; paired postmentals separated by a medial scale; each postmental bounded by 4 scales including medial scale; ventrals, 132–138; ventral scales across midbody, 20; dorsal scales heterogeneous; a row of 10–15 irregular spinous tubercles on flank; ventrals, 138, keeled; 3 preanal pores, 4 femoral pores on each side; subcaudals keeled, those on median row enlarged, irregular; supralabials to angle of jaws, 7; subdigital lamellae on digit IV of pes, 18; (in life) dorsum darkbrown to light-brown, with about seven indistinct, lighter, V-shaped markings; occipital region with lighter spots. [from MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007]. 
EtymologyThe species name is the Latin diminutive of ‘forest’, a reference to the habitats in which the species occurs, applied here as a noun in apposition. 
References
  • Disswanayake, D. S. B., H. D. Jayasinghe and S. Wellappuliarachchi 2016. Cnemaspis silvula (Endemic Forest Day Gecko) predation. Herpetological Review 47(3): 462-463.
  • Jayaneththi, Hareschandra Bandula 2015. Vertebrate fauna of Morankanda-Mukalana secondary forest patch in Sri Lanka: A checklist reported from 2004-2008 survey. RUHUNA JOURNAL OF SCIENCE 6: 21- 41
  • Karunarathna, D. M. S. S. and A. A. T. Amarasinghe 2010. Reptile diversity of a fragmented lowland rain forest patch in Kukulugala, Ratnapura district, Sri Lanka. Taprobanica 2 (2): 86-94 - 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
 
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