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Cyrtodactylus camortensis CHANDRAMOULI, 2020

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus camortensis CHANDRAMOULI 2020: 84
Cyrtodactylus adleri — HARIKRISHNAN & VASUDEVAN 2018 (nec DAS 1997) 
DistributionIndia (Nicobar Islands: Camorta)

Type locality: human habitations near Changua Village (8.018N, 93.494 E, 140 m asl.), Camorta, Central group of the Nicobar Islands  
TypesHolotype: ZSI/ANRC/T/ 11075, an adult male, collected by S.R. Chandramouli on 27 July 2017.
Paratopotype: DOSMB05083, an adult female, collected by S.R. Chandramouli from the same locality on 28 July 2017 
DiagnosisDescription: A Cyrtodactylus endemic to the central group of the Nicobar Islands, characterized by: presence of 16-18 transverse rows of dorsal tubercles (vs. 13–15 in C. rubidus); 11 supralabials, eight to nine infralabials, two elongate inner pair of post-mentals in broad contact with each other; two smaller outer pair of post-mentals separated from each other; absence of a precloacal groove (vs. present in C. rubidus and C. nicobaricus sp. nov.) and upto seven precloacal pores in males; absence of femoral pores; presence of four enlarged internasals; 47–49 juxtaposed ventrals (vs. strongly imbricate ventrals in C. adleri and C. nicobaricus sp. nov.); two pairs of rounded cloacal spurs in males; 19–21 subdigital lamellae under the IV toe, of which the basal seven are slightly dilated (vs. 17–19 in C. rubidus; 14–15 in C. nicobaricus sp. nov.; 19–20 C. adleri); absence of a dark nuchal loop formed by post ocular streaks extending and joining at the nape (vs. present in C. rubidus and C. nicobaricus sp. nov.; dorsal colour pattern of dark vertebral spots, bounded by lateral streaks (vs. 5–6 dark transverse bands on a dark brown ground colour in C. rubidus and C. nicobaricussp.nov.). 
Etymologynamed after Camorta Island, the type locality of this species. 
  • Chandramouli, S. R. 2020. A review of the Gekkonid genus Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Sauria: Gekkonidae) in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago with the description of two new species from the Nicobar Islands. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology 9 (1): 78-89 - get paper here
  • Harikrishnan, S. and Vasudevan, K. 2018. Niche dissociated assembly drives insular lizard community Organization Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, 39(3): 134-228 - get paper here
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