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Cyrtodactylus srilekhae AGARWAL, 2016

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Bangalore Geckoella 
SynonymCyrtodactylus srilekhae AGARWAL 2016 
DistributionIndia (Karnataka)

Type locality: near Thathaguni, Bangalore Urban District, Karnataka, India  
TypesHolotype: NCBS AQ740, adult male; collected by Seema Shenoy, Arjuna Shankar and Ishan Agarwal, 25 May 2013.
Paratypes. ESV 101, adult male; BNHS 2325, adult female; same data as holotype except, collected by Ishan Agarwal, 23 March 2013 & 24 May 2013. NCBS AQ427, adult female, same data as holotype except, collected by Shreya Yadav and Ishan Agarwal, 07 December 2015. ESV 102, adult male, Nandi Hills, Chikkaballapur District, Karnataka, India collected by Saunak Pal, 01 August 2013. CES09/1538 tissue sample and photographs only; Devarayandurga, Tumkur District, Karnataka, India, collected by Aniruddha Datta-Roy, 10 March 2015. NCBS AQ510, juvenile, Savandurga, Ramanagara District, Karnataka, India; collected by Akshay Khandekar, 31 July 2016. 
CommentSympatry: Cnemaspis mysoriensis, Hemidactylus frenatus, H. parvimaculatus, H. leschenaultii, H. triedrus..

Habitat: deciduous and scrub forest habitats along the southern edge of the Mysore Plateau. 
EtymologyThe species is named after the author’s mother, Srilekha Agarwal (pronounced Sree-lay-khaa), “for inspiring and nurturing my interest in the natural world. It is also fitting that I first saw this new species at her house, which is at the type locality.” The specific epithet is used as a noun in the genitive case. 
  • 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
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