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Cnemaspis nimbus PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER, 2021

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCnemaspis nimbus PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER 2021 
DistributionIndia (Kerala)

Type locality: Mathikettan Shola National Park, Cardamom Hills (10.008°N, 77.248°E; 1630 m asl)  
TypesHolotype: BNHS 2614, adult male collected by Saunak Pal and team on 16th July 2011.
Paratypes: CESL 252 & CESL 357, adult males; collected from the same locality as the holotype by Saunak Pal and team on 27th March 2011 and 16th July 2011 respectively. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large sized, robust Cnemaspis species (SVL up to 48.2 mm) characterised by the presence of heterogenous dorsal scales, small granular scales intermixed with larger keeled, rounded tubercles; absence of spine like tubercles on the flank; paired postmentals separated by a single broad median scale;12–14 rows of middorsal tubercles, 16–17 tubercles in paravertebral rows; ventrals smooth, 134–141 longitudinal scales from mental to cloaca; 26–27 midventral scales; males with 4–6 precloacal pores, femoral pores absent; row of enlarged scales from base of first toe till end of foot; subcaudals smooth, median row with individual large scale alternating with slightly smaller scale; 7 supralabials to the angle of jaw; 22– 23 lamellae on digit IV of pes. (Pal et al. 2022) 
CommentGroup: Belongs to the beddomei clade. 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin word ‘nimbus’ meaning cloud; referring to the prominent clouded pattern on the dorsum and flank. 
  • Pal, S., Mirza, Z. A., Dsouza, P., & Shanker, K. 2021. Diversifying on the Ark: multiple new endemic lineages of dwarf geckos from the Western Ghats provide insights into the systematics and biogeography of South Asian Cnemaspis (Reptilia: Squamata). Zoological Research, 42(6): 675-691 - get paper here
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