You are here » home advanced search Hemidactylus vanam

Hemidactylus vanam CHAITANYA, LAJMI & GIRI, 2018

Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemidactylus vanam?

Add your own observation of
Hemidactylus vanam »

We have no photos, try to find some by Google images search: Google images

Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Meghamalai Rock Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus vanam CHAITANYA, LAJMI & GIRI 2018
Hemidactylus maculatus — BHUPATHY & SATHISKUMAR 2013 
DistributionIndia (Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: en-route to the High Wavy Mountains, Tamil Nadu, India (9.7808°N; 77.4427°E, 610 m asl)  
TypesHolotype. NCBS-AU158, adult male; collected on 21 November 2016. Collected by R. Chaitanya, Akshay Khandekar and Vanasundara Pandian.
Paratypes. NCBS-AU159, sub-adult female, NCBS-AU160, NCBS-AU161, adult females; ESV106, ESV107, adult males, ESV108, adult female; BNHS 2328 sub-adult female, BNHS 2329 adult female; ZSI/WGRC/IR/V.NO 2634, adult male, ZSI/WGRC/IR/V.NO 2635, adult female. Collection data same as holotype; ZSI/WGRC/IR/V.NO 2635, collected near Suruli falls, Theni district (9.6563° N; 77.3061° E, 430 m asl). 
CommentHabitat: rupicolous; occasionally found on the higher branches of trees that surround rocky boulders; rock crevices during the day.

Behavior: These strictly nocturnal geckos are seen occupying rock crevices during the day when they are easily disturbed by human presence.

Sympatry: Psammophilus cf. dorsalis, Cnemaspis sp. and Hemidactylus cf. triedrus. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a noun in apposition honouring Vanam (pronounced vʌnʌm), a nongovernmental organization based in Theni District, Tamil Nadu, India, for carrying out exemplary conservation work in the region. Their unwavering support has been vitally important to our work in the Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary. 
  • Bhupathy, Subramanian & N. Sathishkumar 2013. Status of reptiles in Meghamalai and its environs, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5 (15): 4953-4961 - get paper here
  • CHAITANYA, R.; APARNA LAJMI, VARAD B. GIRI 2018. A new cryptic, rupicolous species of Hemidactylus Oken, 1817 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Meghamalai, Tamil Nadu, India. Zootaxa 4374 (1): 49-70 - get paper here
External links  
Is it interesting? Share with others:

Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator