Cnemaspis palanica PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER, 2021
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis palanica?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis palanica PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER 2021|
|Distribution||India (Palani hills, Tamil Nadu)|
Type locality: Kookal, Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu (10.298°N, 77.364°E; ca. 1550 m asl)
|Types||Holotype: BNHS 2628, adult male collected by Saunak Pal and Mrugank Prabhu on 10th July 2011.|
Paratypes: CESL 340, adult male; CESL 339 and BNHS 2629, adult females; collected along with the holotype.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A small sized Cnemaspis species (SVL up to 30.6 mm) characterised by the presence of homogenous dorsal scales, small, granular; few scattered tubercles on the flank, spinose; ventrals smooth, subimbricate, 103–106 longitudinal scales from mental to cloaca, 16–18 midventral scales; two to 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 12 to 15 elongated femoral pores, precloacal pores absent; a pair of small postcloacal spur present; subcaudals smooth, median row enlarged; seven to eight supralabials to the angle of jaw; proximal lamellae enlarged plate like, followed by much smaller distal lamellae; 17–18 lamellae on digit IV of pes. (Pal et al. 2022)|
|Comment||Group: Belongs to the littoralis clade.|
|Etymology||Named after the ‘Palani Hills’ in the SWG of Tamil Nadu, from where this species is described.|