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Cnemaspis wallaceii PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER, 2021

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCnemaspis wallaceii PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER 2021 
DistributionIndia (Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: Andiparai Shola, Anamalai Hills (10.394°N, 76.992°E; 1307 m asl)  
TypesHolotype: BNHS 2613, adult male collected by Saunak Pal and team on 8th August 2011.
Paratypes: CESL 378, adult female; collected along with the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large sized Cnemaspis species (SVL up to 46.2 mm) characterised by the presence of heterogenous dorsal scales, small granular scales intermixed with larger rounded, regularly arranged, weakly keeled tubercles; absence of spine like tubercles on the flank; paired postmentals separated by 2–3 median scales; 14–15 rows of middorsal tubercles, 18–20 tubercles in paravertebral rows; ventrals smooth, 154–156 longitudinal scales from mental to cloaca; 28–29 midventral scales; males with 8 precloacal pores, femoral pores absent; row of enlarged scales from base of first toe till end of foot; subcaudals smooth, median row with individual large scales alternating with slightly smaller scales; 6–7 supralabials to the angle of jaw; 22–23 lamellae on digit IV of pes. (Pal et al. 2022) 
CommentGroup: Belongs to the beddomei clade. 
EtymologyNamed after Alfred Russel Wallace for his tremendous contribution to the field of biogeography. His work has been an inspiration for the authors and towards this study. 
  • Pal, S., Mirza, Z. A., Dsouza, P., & Shanker, K. 2021. Diversifying on the Ark: multiple new endemic lineages of dwarf geckos from the Western Ghats provide insights into the systematics and biogeography of South Asian Cnemaspis (Reptilia: Squamata). Zoological Research, 42(6): 675-691 - get paper here
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