Cyrtodactylus varadgirii AGARWAL, MIRZA, PAL, MADDOCK, MISHRA & BAUER, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus varadgirii?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Giri’s Geckoella|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus varadgirii AGARWAL, MIRZA, PAL, MADDOCK, MISHRA & BAUER 2016|
Geckoella cf. collegalensis — MIRZA et al. 2010
Geckoella cf. collegalensis — AGARWAL & KARANTH 2015
Type locality: Ulhasnagar Taluk, Thane District, Maharashtra, India
|Types||Holotype: NCBS AQ475, adult male; collected by Prathamesh Ghadekar, 03.02.2012.|
Paratypes. NCBS AQ191, adult male; same locality and collection data as holotype. CES09/1381, adult male; Chikhli, Navsari District, Gujarat, India; collected by Rohan Nimbalkar, 29.03.2012. CES/09/1368, adult male; Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, India; collected by T. Khichi, 06.04.2012. CES09/1536, adult male and CES09/ 1537, adult female; Amravathi District, Maharashtra, India; collected by Krishna Khan, 26.06.2014. BNHS 1427, adult male; Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; collected by A. C. Sekar & V. M. Hegde, 15.09.1993; BNHS 1434, subdadult male; Junagadh District, Gujarat, India; collected by Raju Vyas, 08.11.1997; NCBS AQ192, adult male, BNHS 1848, adult male and BNHS 1849, adult female, Aarey Milk Colony, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; collected by Zeeshan Mirza and Rajesh Sanap, 26.03.2008, BNHS 1929 subadult female with same collection details as previous specimens, except collected on 04.11.2008; BNHS 2099; adult female; Vansda National Park, Navsari District, Gujarat, India; collected by Raju Vyas, 12.09.2008. CES09/1433, tissue sample only, Chikhli, Navsari District, Gujarat, India.
|Comment||Cyrtodactylus varadgirii is the only Geckoella which is not a forest-specialist, and is also found in human-modified landscapes (Fig. 8 in Agarwal et al. 2016). It is also the only known widely distributed species.|
Sympatry: Cyrtodactylus varadgirii broadly overlaps in distribution with the endemic geckos C. deccanensis (Günther), Hemidactylus gracilis Blanford, and H. maculatus Duméril & Bibron; the agamids Sarada deccanensis (Jerdon) and Sitana spinaecephalus Deepak et al; and the snakes Platyceps gracilis (Günther), Coronella brachyura (Günther), and Psammophis longifrons Boulenger. All these species, apart from the Western Ghats forest species C. deccanensis and H. maculatus, live in open, arid landscapes.
|Etymology||The specific epithet is a patronym honouring our friend and colleague, Dr. Varad Giri (pronounced vʌrʌð gIri), former Curator of the Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai (BNHS), for his contributions to Indian herpetology. Most of Varad’s work has come from his time at the BNHS, and it is fitting that the type locality of this species is Mumbai (formerly Bombay).|