Cnemaspis galaxia PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER, 2021
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis galaxia?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis galaxia PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER 2021|
|Distribution||India (Tamil Nadu)|
Type locality: Srivilliputhur, Tamil Nadu (9.566°N, 77.559°E; 290 m asl)
|Types||Holotype: BNHS 2626, adult male collected by Saunak Pal and Varun Torsekar on 30th December 2011.|
Paratypes: CESL 511, adult female and CESL 513, adult male; collected along with the holotype.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A small sized Cnemaspis species (SVL up to 33.5 mm) characterised by the presence of heterogenous dorsal scales, small granular scales intermixed with conical, regularly arranged, weakly keeled tubercles; absence of spine like tubercles on the flank; paired postmentals separated by a single median scale; 8 rows of middorsal tubercles; ventrals small, smooth, 153–159 scales from mental to cloaca; 27–31 midventral scales; one postcloacal spur on each side; males with 7 precloacal pores, femoral pores absent; subcaudals smooth, median row enlarged, with pairs of slightly smaller scales alternating two individual larger ones; tail with whorls of enlarged conical caudal tubercles; 7–8 supralabials to the angle of jaw; a distinct enlarged metacarpal scale below digit I; 2–3 subdigital lamellae on proximal series fragmented followed by entire, distal lamellae entire, 23–25 lamellae on digit IV of pes. (Pal et al. 2022)|
|Comment||Group: Belongs to the beddomei clade.|
|Etymology||Named after the word ‘galaxy’ due to the dorsum colouration with the sun’s haze like yellow on the anterior and bluish white star like spots on a black background towards the posterior end, in the male of this species.|