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Cyrtodactylus varadgirii AGARWAL, MIRZA, PAL, MADDOCK, MISHRA & BAUER, 2016

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Giri’s Geckoella 
SynonymCyrtodactylus varadgirii AGARWAL, MIRZA, PAL, MADDOCK, MISHRA & BAUER 2016
Geckoella cf. collegalensis — MIRZA et al. 2010
Geckoella cf. collegalensis — AGARWAL & KARANTH 2015 
DistributionIndia (Maharashtra)

Type locality: Ulhasnagar Taluk, Thane District, Maharashtra, India  
TypesHolotype: 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. 
CommentCyrtodactylus 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. 
EtymologyThe 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). 
  • AGARWAL, ISHAN; ZEESHAN A. MIRZA, SAUNAK PAL, SIMON T. MADDOCK, ANURAG MISHRA, AARON M. BAUER 2016. A new species of the Cyrtodactylus (Geckoella) collegalensis (Beddome, 1870) complex (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Western India. Zootaxa 4170 (2): 339–354 - get paper here
  • Patel, Harshil; Raju Vyas, Vaibhav Naik, Bhautik Dudhatra & Shantilal K. Tank 2018. Herpetofauna of the Northern Western Ghats of Gujarat, India. Zoology and Ecology, DOI: 10.1080/21658005.2018.1499237 - get paper here
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