Cyrtopodion mansarulus (DUDA & SAHI, 1978)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtopodion mansarulus?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Jammu bent-toed Gecko|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus mansarulus DUDA & SAHI 1978|
Cyrtodactylus mansarulus — DAS 1997
Cyrtodactylus (Cyrtodactylus) mansarulus — RÖSLER 2000: 66
Cyrtodactyus mamahirm — SHI & ZHAO 2010: 56 (nom. nud. in error)
Cyrtopodion mansarulum — AGARWAL et al. 2014
|Distribution||N India (Jammu)|
Type locality: Jammu (J & K state), India.
|Types||Holotype: not given in description (see comment)|
|Comment||Apparently only known from the type description.|
The original description of Cyrtopodion mansarulum (Duda & Sahi 1978) consists of a single paragraph (the entire paper was never published, Sahi pers. comm., cited in Agarwal et al. 2014); however, the authors did formally diagnose the species and the nomen is thus valid. The description from DUDA & SAHI 1978 reads as follows:
“A new sub-Shivalik species of ground gekkos, Cyrtodactylus mansarulus is described from Jammu (J & K state), India. The species falls in Smith's (1935) group I of essentially palearctic elements in Indian gekkos and is distinguishable from its closest relative C. kachhensis from the group in features, such as: the number of scales across the belly (27-28); presence of distinct lateral abdominal fold from axilla to groin; pitted femoral scales (4-5) in addition to 7 preanal pores; and the colour pattern. All these characters also constitute the species diagnostic features. The paper also suggests a key to the various species of Cyrtodactylus recorded from J & K state."
Synonymy: Molecular data suggest that C. mansarulum may be conspecific with C. rohtasfortai, called the commonest sandstone gecko in Pakistan (Khan 2008b), in which case the name C. mansarulum (Duda & Sahi 1978) has priority (Agarwal et al. 2014).