Cnemaspis nigriventris PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER, 2021
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis nigriventris?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis nigriventris PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER 2021|
Type locality: Achankovil Reserve Forest (9.127 °N, 77.177°E; 207 m asl)
|Types||Holotype: BNHS 2619, adult male, collected by Saunak Pal and Mrugank Prabhu on 25th May 2011. Paratype: CESL 264, adult male and CESL 265, juvenile; collected along with the holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A medium sized Cnemaspis species (SVL up to 38.2 mm) characterised by the presence of heterogenous dorsal scales, small granular scales intermixed with rounded, regularly arranged tubercles; absence of spine like tubercles on the flank; paired postmentals separated by 1 median scale; 13–14 rows of middorsal tubercles; ventrals small, smooth, 154–159 scales from mental to cloaca; 38–40 midventral scales; one postcloacal spur on each side; males with 6–7 precloacal pores, femoral pores absent; subcaudals smooth, median row enlarged, with two slightly smaller scales alternating single larger one; 7–8 supralabials to the angle of jaw; an enlarged metacarpal scale below digit I; few subdigital lamellae on proximal series fragmented followed by entire, distal lamellae entire; 24–25 lamellae on digit IV of pes. (Pal et al. 2022)|
|Comment||Group: Belongs to the beddomei clade.|
|Etymology||Named after the combination of Latin word ‘niger’ meaning black and ‘venter’ meaning belly, due to the distinct black ventral colouration in the male of this species.|
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