Hemidactylus vanam CHAITANYA, LAJMI & GIRI, 2018
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hemidactylus vanam?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Meghamalai Rock Gecko|
|Synonym||Hemidactylus vanam CHAITANYA, LAJMI & GIRI 2018|
Hemidactylus maculatus — BHUPATHY & SATHISKUMAR 2013
|Distribution||India (Tamil Nadu)|
Type locality: en-route to the High Wavy Mountains, Tamil Nadu, India (9.7808°N; 77.4427°E, 610 m asl)
|Types||Holotype. 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).
|Comment||Habitat: 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.
|Etymology||The 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.|