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Cnemaspis umashaankeri NARAYANAN & ARAVIND, 2022

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Umashaanker’s Dwarf Gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis umashaankeri NARAYANAN & ARAVIND 2022 
DistributionIndia (Karnataka)

Type locality. Biligiri Rangan Hills village, Biligiri Ran- ganathaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve, Karnataka, India (12.002204°N and 77.145234°E, 1161 m asl).  
TypesHolotype. ZSI-R-28301, SVL 25.7 mm, adult male, col- lected from the type locality by Aravind N.A. and Surya Narayanan on 14th October 2021 (Figs 3, 4, 6A).
Paratypes (n=3). ZSI-R-28302, SVL 24.6 mm, adult male (Fig. 5A); BNHS 3127, SVL 27.7 mm, adult female (Fig. 5B); BNHS 3126, SVL 28.8 mm, adult male (Fig. 5C). Collection details same as holotype. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a patronym honouring Dr R. Uma Shaanker, Retired Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore and Founder of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore. He has contributed immensely to understanding plant and animal evolution, ecology, and conservation biology. 
  • Narayanan, S., & Aravind, N. A. 2022. A new species of rupicolous Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Biligirirangan Hills of Southern India. Vertebrate Zoology, 72, 823-837 - get paper here
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