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Cyrtodactylus rishivalleyensis AGARWAL, 2016

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Rishi Valley Geckoella 
SynonymCyrtodactylus rishivalleyensis AGARWAL 2016
Geckoella collegalensis — GANESH & ASOKAN 2010 (not of BEDDOME) 
DistributionIndia (Andhra Pradesh), elevation above 1000 m

Type locality: Horsley Hills, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, India  
TypesHolotype: 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. 
CommentSympatry: Hemidactylus frenatus, H. giganteus, H. leschenaultii, H. parvimaculatus, H. reticulatus, H. treutleri, H. triedrus. 
EtymologyThe 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. 
  • Agarwal, I. & Bauer, A.M. 2017. Geographic Distribution: Cyrtodactylus rishivalleyensis (Rishi Valley Geckoella). Herpetological Review 48 (4): 811
  • AGARWAL, ISHAN 2016. Two new species of ground-dwelling Cyrtodactylus (Geckoella) from the Mysore Plateau, south India Zootaxa 4193 (2): 228-244 - get paper here
  • Ganesh S. R., Asokan J. R. 2010. Catalogue of Indian herpetological specimens in the collection of the Government Museum Chennai, India. Hamadryad 35 (1): 46 – 63
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