Cnemaspis podihuna DERANIYAGALA, 1944
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Deraniyagala's Gecko|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis podihuna DERANIYAGALA 1944: 226|
Cnemaspis podihuna — WERMUTH 1965: 16
Cnemaspis podihuna — KLUGE 1993
Cnemaspis (Cnemaspis) podihuna — RÖSLER 2000: 63
Cnemaspis podihuna — KARUNARATHNA & AMARASINGHE 2011
|Distribution||Sri Lanka (Lahugala)|
Type locality: Lahugala, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19126.96.36.199. The neotype designation by Wickramasinghe and Munindradasa was invalidated by Amarasinghe & Campbell 2016 (invalid neotype: NMSL 20061001, Adult male, 24.47 mm SVL , from Lahugala, Siyabalanduwa, Sri Lanka, (N 06° 52’ 55.9” E 081° 42’ 30.2”, elevation 387m ), 24.03.2006, collected by L . J. Mendis Wickramasinghe and D. A. I. Munindradasa.|
Syntypes: NMSL20061002, Adult male, 26.61 mm SVL; NMSL20061003, Adult male, 24.95 mm SVL; NMSL20061004, Subadult female, 21.70 mm SVL, the same date, locality and collectors.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A small-sized Cnemaspis (snout to vent length 22–27 mm in an adult males), which can be distinguished from all known congeners by the following combination of characters: Postmentals separated by a small scale; nostrils are not in contact with first supralabial; 6–7 supra labials to angle of mid-orbit position and end of jaw at nine supra labials; 24 interorbitals; throat scales smooth; 58–60 dorsal tubercles; dorsal tubercles small, granulated, rounded, pentagonal or hexagonal; spine-like tubercles absent on flanks; 28 mid-ventrals; ventral subimbricate; subcaudals very large; 3–4 preanal pores; 3–4 femoral pores on each side; 10–11 subdigital lamellae and 4 basal lamellae in the 4th finger; 12 subdigital lamellae and 4–5 basal lamellae in the 4th toe; mid subcaudals extremely large.|
|Comment||Similar species: Cnemaspis kandambyi; the record of Cnemaspis podihuna from Pallegama (07°32’N, 080°49’E) by Karunarathna et al. (2011) might belong to C. kandambyi.|
C. podihuna is congener with. C. molligodai sp. nov. .from morphological characters. However, C. podihuna can easily be distinguished from C. molligodai by having nasal not connected to first supralabial, intraorbital count, preanal pores count, dorsal tubercle count and snout to eye distance, and also from morphometric analysis.
Group: The C. podihuna group (2 species: Cnemaspis podihuna and C. molligodai), is characterized by the presence of both femoral and precloacal pores, mid subcaudal scales extremely large, and smooth abdominal scales (Wickramasinghe et al. 2016).
The voucher specimen deposited in National Museum Sri Lanka (NMSL) in place of the misplaced type specimen of C. podihuna differs in morphological detail to type description as well as to the morphometric parameters of specimens collected from the type locality. The above specimen belongs to C.molligodai sp. nov. of the present study, hence the neotype of C. podihuna (NMSL20061001) is deposited.
Original description in Amarasinghe et al. 2009.
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