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Cnemaspis whittenorum DAS, 2005

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCnemaspis whittenorum DAS 2005
Cnemaspis whittenorum — ISKANDAR et al. 2017 
DistributionIndonesia (Mentawai = Mentawi Archipelago)

Type locality: Pulau Siberut (01° 21’S; 98° 59’ E), Mentawai Archipelago, Sumatera Barat Propinsi, Republic of Indonesia.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1979.225, female 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cnemaspis whittenorum differs from all other Southeast Asian diminutive Cnemaspis in having the unique combination of a maximum SVL of 32.0 mm; each postmental bounded by four scales; dorsal scales keeled; four spine-like tubercles on flank; gular scales keeled; pectoral scales and abdominal scales keeled; ventral scales of thigh slightly keeled; four precloacal pores; six femoral pores on each side; subcaudals keeled, scales on median row enlarged, keeled; 5 or 6 supra- labials; 18 lamellae under fourth toe.
Cnemaspis whittenorum is most similar to C. modiglianii, but it can be distinguished from this species (characters in parenthe- ses) by having 6 (4 or 5) femoral pores (on each side) in males. Cnemaspis whittenorum is also similar to Cnemaspis jacobsoni, but it can be distinguished from this species (characters in parentheses) by having precloacal and femoral pores (lacking) in males and 18 (14) lamellae under fourth toe. [Iskandar et al. 2017] 
EtymologyNamed after Anthony John Whitten (1953–) and Jane Whitten (1954–), the collectors of the type series, and for their contribution to the conservation of the Mentawai Archipelago. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Das, I. 2005. Revision of the Genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Sauria: Gekkonidae), from the Mentawai and Adjacent Archipelagos off Western Sumatra, Indonesia, with the Description of Four New Species. Journal of Herpetology 39 (2): 233–247 - get paper here
  • Grismer, J.L.; Grismer, L.L. & Chav T. 2010. New Species of Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Southwestern Cambodia. Journal of Herpetology 44 (1): 28–36 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. Lee & Chan K. Onn 2008. A new species of Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Pulau Perhentian Besar, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 1771: 1–15 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. Lee; Chan K. Onn; Nasir, N. & Sumontha, M. 2008. A new species of karst dwelling gecko (genus Cnemaspis Strauch 1887) from the border region of Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 1875: 51–68 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L. & Das, I. 2006. A new species of gekkonid lizard of the genus Cnemaspis STRAUCH 1887 from Pulau Pemanggil, Johor, West Malaysia. Herpetological Natural History 10 (1): 1-7 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L. & Ngo, V.T. 2007. Four new species of the gekkonid genus Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Reptilia: Squamata) from Southern Vietnam. Herpetologica 63 (4): 482-500 - get paper here
  • Iskandar, Djoko T.; Jimmy A. McGuire, and A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe 2017. Description of Five New Day Geckos of Cnemaspis kandiana Group (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Sumatra and Mentawai Archipelago, Indonesia. Journal of Herpetology 51 (1): 142-153 - get paper here
  • LEE, JUSTIN L.; ARYEH H. MILLER, GEORGE R. ZUG, DANIEL G. MULCAHY 2019. The discovery of Rock Geckos Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) in the Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar with the description of two new species. Zootaxa 4661 (1): 040–064 - get paper here
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