Cnemaspis flavigularis PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER, 2021
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis flavigularis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis flavigularis PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER 2021|
|Distribution||India (Cardemom Hills, Kerala)|
Type locality: Mathikettan Shola National Park, Cardemom Hills, Kerala (9.973°N, 77.245°E; ca. 1340 m asl)
|Types||Holotype: BNHS 2621, adult male collected by Saunak Pal and team on 27th March 2011.|
Paratypes: BNHS 2622, adult female; CESL 247 and CESL 249, adult males; collected along with the holotype.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A small sized, Cnemaspis species (SVL up to 33.1 mm) characterised by the presence of homogenous dorsal scales, small, granular; few scattered tubercles on the flank, reduced, subconical; ventrals smooth, subimbricate, 104–108 longitudinal scales from mental to cloaca, 21–23 midventral scales; three pairs of postmentals, first pair separated by a single median scale, each postmental surrounded by three to four scales including median scale; males with 10 to 12 femoral pores, precloacal pores absent; a pair of small postcloacal spur present; subcaudals smooth, median row enlarged; seven to nine supralabials to the angle of jaw; proximal lamellae enlarged, plate like, followed by much smaller distal lamellae; 16–18 lamellae on digit IV of pes. (Pal et al. 2022)|
|Comment||Group: Belongs to the littoralis clade.|
|Etymology||Named after the combination of the Latin word ‘flavus’ meaning yellow and ‘gularis’ meaning throat, referring to the distinct yellow colouration of the throat in males of the new species.|