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Cyrtodactylus soba BATUWITA & BAHIR, 2005

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesDumbara bent toed gecko 
SynonymCyrtodactylus soba BATUWITA & BAHIR 2005
Cyrtodactylus srilankensis DAS & SILVA 2005: 99 (nom. nud.)
Cyrtodactylus soba — ZIESMANN et al. 2007 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Corbett’s Gap, Knuckles Mountains, Matale District (07°22’N, 80°51’E, elevation 1100 m).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WHT 6042, adult male (99.9 mm SVL), (regenerated tail broken at base). 
CommentApparently the original intention of BATUWITA & BAHIR 2005 was to name C. soba differently, namely C. srilankensis, so DAS & SILVA (2005) used that name in their book while BATUWITA & BAHIR 2005 changed their mind. Since DAS & SILVA did not designate any type specimen for C. srilankensis it is both a nomen nudum and a junior synonym of C. soba (Mark O’Shea and Indraneil Das, pers. comm.).

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the Sinhala word for “beautiful”, an allusion to the beauty of the habitat of this species, appliedhere as a noun in apposition. 
References
  • Batuwita, S. & M. M. Bahir 2005. Description of five new species of Cyrtodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Sri Lanka. Raffles Bull. Zool., Suppl. No. 12: 351-380 - get paper here
  • Das, I. & De Silva, A. 2005. Photographic guide to snakes and other reptiles of Sri Lanka. New Holland Publishers, 144 pp.
  • de Silva, Anslem, A. Bauer, S. Goonewardene, J. Drake, S. Nathaniel and P. de Silva 2005. The Dumbara bent toed gecko Cyrtodactylus soba: The dominant gekkonid lizard inhabiting the Knuckles massif. Lyriocephalus (Special Issue) 6(1-2):137-144
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. & Glaw, F. 2008. A new species of Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Malaysia including a literature survey of mensural and meristic data in the genus. Zootaxa 1729: 8–22 - get paper here
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • Ziesmann, S.; Janzen, P. & Klaas, P. 2007. Die Vielfalt der Geckos [Sri Lankas]. Draco 7 (30): 38-44 - get paper here
 
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