Cyrtodactylus rishivalleyensis AGARWAL, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus rishivalleyensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Rishi Valley Geckoella|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus rishivalleyensis AGARWAL 2016|
Geckoella collegalensis — GANESH & ASOKAN 2010 (not of BEDDOME)
|Distribution||India (Andhra Pradesh), elevation above 1000 m|
Type locality: Horsley Hills, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Types||Holotype: NCBS AQ742, adult female. Collected by Aparna Lajmi, Aniruddha Datta-Roy, and V. Deepak, 14 March 2014.|
Paratypes. NCBS AQ744, adult male, same collection data as holotype; NCBS AQ743, adult male; ESV 103, BNHS 2326, adult females; same collection data as holotype except collected by Ishan Agarwal, 23 June 2013; ESV 104 juvenile, same collection data as holotype, except collected by Shreekant Deodhar, Aniruddha Datta-Roy, and Avinash Dawari, 25 July 2010.
|Comment||Sympatry: Hemidactylus frenatus, H. giganteus, H. leschenaultii, H. parvimaculatus, H. reticulatus, H. treutleri, H. triedrus.|
|Etymology||The specific epithet is an adjective that refers to the Rishi Valley, the north-western margin of which is formed by the mountain range that includes the type locality. The name also honours Rishi Valley School (< 6 km from the type locality), where I studied and spent many years exploring the outdoors and furthering my interests in reptiles and natural history.|