Calodactylodes illingworthorum DERANIYAGALA, 1953
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Illingworth's Gecko, Sri Lankan Golden Gecko, Great Rock gecko|
Sinhala: Maha gal huna
|Synonym||Calodactylodes illingworthi DERANIYAGALA 1953: 49|
Calodactylodes illingworthi — WERMUTH 1965: 11
Calodactylodes illingworthorum — BAUER & DAS 2000
Calodactylodes illingworthi — RÖSLER 2000: 61
Calodactylodes illingworthorum — MICHELS & BAUER 2004
|Distribution||Sri Lanka (Nuvara Gala Rock)|
Type locality: Nuvara Gala Rock (elevation: 1200 feet) near Maha Oya, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka.
|Types||Holotype: NMSL = CNM; paratypes: BMNH|
|Diagnosis||Description: This gecko is closely allied to the Indian Calodactylodes aureus (Beddome), from which it differs in possessing preanal pores, and a row of black and yellow vertebral spots. Head subovate, wider than body, snout longer than distance from eye to ear, ear an oblique slit, tail more or less segmented, feebly depressed, subovate in transverse section.|
Scalation. Both supra and infra labials 12 or 13, one or two rows of enlarged, lateral gulars, two internasals, nostril between four scales, mental smaller than adjacent labials, ventrals subimbricate upon chest, subrectangular and juxtaposed upon abdomen, rectangular and more enlarged on tail.
Pores. Four preanals separated mesially by three scales, two to five femorals close to each knee joint Pores surrounded by large scales.
Coloration: Dorsally a yellow ochre with dark brown dots and a neural row of six subovate dark brown spots somewhat smaller than the eye anteriorly larger posteriorly, with a bluish spot of equal size before and behind each and a lateral row of bluish spots. Tail mottled with brown and with ten yellow cross bands. Four irregular dark cross bars alternating with yellow ones from coarse reticulations upon each limb. Ventrally greyish white with a bright yellow gular patch (from Deraniyagala 1953, reproduced in Amarasinghe et al. 2009).
|Etymology||Named after Margaret and Percy Illingworth. As the name honours two people named Illingworth, the specific epithet is incorrect and must be emended to illingworthorum according to BAUER & DAS (2000).|
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