Cyrtodactylus speciosus (BEDDOME, 1870)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus speciosus?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Forest Spotted gecko|
|Synonym||Gymnodactylus speciosus BEDDOME 1870: 172|
Gymnodactylus nebulosus — BOULENGER 1885 (in part)
Gymnodactylus collegalensis — SMITH 1935 (in part)
Geckoella cf. speciosus — AGARWAL & KARANTH 2015
Cyrtodactylus speciosus — GANESH & ARUMUGAM 2016: 13
|Distribution||India (NW Tamil Nadu)|
Type locality: “tope near Erode [Tamil Nadu]” (Erode, Erode District, Tamil Nadu, India)
|Types||Holotype. BMNH 19126.96.36.199|
|Comment||Similar species: Cyrtodactylus collegalensis with which it has been often confused.|
Diagnosis. Cyrtodactylus speciosus shares the characters of the C. collegalensis complex listed in the diagnosis of C. collegalensis, which separate it from all other Cyrtodactylus species. C. speciosus can be differentiated from the Sri Lankan C. yakhuna by dorsal colour pattern (two bands from behind occiput to between hindlimb insertion, ~twice as broad as lighter interspaces vs. one or two rows of spots/bands, equal to or narrower than interspaces). C. speciosus can be differentiated from C. collegalensis by its relatively larger head (SVL/HL 3.75 ± 0.08 vs. 3.57 ± 0.13), colour pattern of head dorsum (two interorbital spots and elongate central occipital streak longer than the two occipital spots vs. two occipital spots longer than the two interorbital spots, longer or shorter than elongate central occipital streak), dorsal colour pattern (two dark bands from behind occiput to between hindlimb insertion — one beginning behind forelimb insertion and the last ending just above the hindlimb insertion, lighter interspaces ~1/2 width of bands, no stippling in interspaces vs. three pairs of dark spots that may be fused into 8-shaped markings between limb insertions — one beginning behind forelimb insertion largest and the last ending just above the hindlimb insertion smallest, lighter interspaces smaller than largest spot and larger than smallest, stippled) (Agarwal et al. 2016).
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