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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: “Ceylon”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH (female), 32.0 mm SVL, ‘purchased from Dr. Kelaart, Ceylon’ (formerly a syntype of Gymnodactulus kandianus Kelaart, 1852). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis Cnemaspis amith differs from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL 33.0 mm; paired postmentals separated by a medial scale; each postmental bounded by 2 scales; ventrals, 123–131; dorsal scales homogeneous, granular unkeeled, with enlarged tubercles; 5 spine-like tubercles on flanks; gular scales carinate, pectoral and abdominal scales smooth; 3 preanal pores and 3 femoral pores on each side; subcaudals with a median series of smooth, enlarged scales; supralabials to angle of jaws, 8; lamellae under digit IV of pes, 18 or 19. [from MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007].
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe species-name is a patronym applied as a noun in apposition, honouring the late Dr Amith Munindradasa, co-author of Wickramasinghe & Munindradasa (2007). 
  • Karunarathna, Suranjan; Nikolay A. Poyarkov, Anslem de Silva, Majintha Madawala, Madhava Botejue, Vladislav A. Gorin, Thilina Surasinghe, Dinesh Gabadage, Kanishka D.B. Ukuwela & Aaron M. Bauer 2019. Integrative taxonomy reveals six new species of day geckos of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from geographically-isolated hill forests in Sri Lanka. Vertebrate Zoology 69 (3): 247–298 - get paper here
  • Manamendra-Arachchi, Kelum; Batuwita, Sudesh & Pethiyagoda, Rohan 2007. A taxonomic revision of the Sri Lankan day-geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis), with description of new species from Sri Lanka and southern India. Zeylanica 7 (1): 9-122
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • VIDANAPATHIRANA, DULAN RANGA; M. D. GEHAN RAJEEV, NETHU WICKRAMASINGHE, SAMANTHA SURANJAN FERNANDO & L. J. MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & L. J. MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE 2014. Cnemaspis rammalensis sp. nov., Sri Lanka’s largest day-gecko (Sauria: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis) from Rammalakanda Man and Biosphere Reserve in southern Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 3755 (3): 273–286 - get paper here
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