Cnemaspis nilagirica MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA, 2007
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Nilgiri Day Gecko|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis nilagirica MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA 2007|
|Distribution||India (Tamil Nadu, Kerala)|
Type locality: “Nilgiries” (Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu State, south-western India)
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 220.127.116.119 (female), 42.3 mm SVL, purchased from Colonel Beddome (formerly a syntype of C. tropidogaster).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Cnemaspis nilagirica differs from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL at least 42.3 mm; paired postmentals separated by a small scale; each postmental bounded by 2 scales; dorsal scales homogeneous; spine-like tubercles present on flanks; ventrals smooth; no preanal and femoral pores in female holotype; tail with enlarged pointed scales forming whorls; subcaudals enlarged, smooth; supralabials to angle of jaw, 8; subdigital lamellae on digit IV, 16 [from MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007].|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The species epithet ‘nilagirica’ is a Latinized compound noun derived from the Sanskrit roots for the type locality, the Nilgiris [Blue Mountains] of southern India (nil = blue, giri = mountains), applied here as a noun in apposition.|
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