Cyrtodactylus nagalandensis AGARWAL, MAHONY, GIRI, CHAITANYA & BAUER, 2018
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus nagalandensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus nagalandensis AGARWAL, MAHONY, GIRI, CHAITANYA & BAUER 2018|
Type locality: near Khonoma village, Kohima district, Nagaland state, India (25.65818°N, 94.02142°E, 1450 m asl)
|Types||Holotype: BNHS 2253, adult female, field number CES09/1233) collected by Ishan Agarwal on 23 October 2009. Paratype. Adult female (BNHS 2254) bears the same collection information as holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Cyrtodactylus nagalandensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from all congeners by its moderate body size (SVL to at least 72.0 mm); 10–12 supralabials; 8–10 infralabials; 16–18 longitudinal rows of rounded, conical, feebly keeled dorsal tubercles; tubercles extending posteriorly to third tail segment; 35–37 paravertebral tubercles; 34 or 35 ventral scales between ventrolateral folds; no precloacal groove; six depressions in precloacal series but no precloacal or femoral pores on females, male condition unknown; 16 total subdigital lamellae beneath toe IV of pes; subcaudal scalation of original tail with paired enlarged subcaudals not forming median plates; dorsal pattern of indistinct light and dark blotches forming longitudinal markings on neck and forebody; tail with alternating dark and lighter bands.|
Comparisons. Cyrtodactylus nagalandensis sp. nov. is a member of the mountain clade and is poorly supported as sister to the other Indian species in this clade, with uncorrected p-distance between the new species and other members of the clade 18.0–21.7%. Cyrtodactylus nagalandensis sp. nov. can be diagnosed by the number of ventral scales (36 or 37 MVSR) from C. brevidactylus (45 MVSR), and Cyrtodactylus jaintiaensis sp. nov. (40–42 MVSR); by having fewer dorsal tubercle rows (16–18) from C. gansi (20–25 DTR) and Cyrtodactylus montanus sp. nov. (21–23 DTR); by its irregular dorsal colour pattern from C. chrysopylos (dorsal pattern of alternating brown and white bands). Major diagnostic characters for the new species and regional congeners are summarized in Table 3 (in Agarwal et al. 2018).
|Etymology||This is the first endemic gecko from Nagaland, and the specific epithet is a toponym for the state.|