Cnemaspis retigalensis MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & MUNINDRADASA, 2007
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Sinhala: Retigala diva huna|
Tamil: Retigala pahal palli
E: Retigala day gecko
|Synonym||Cnemaspis retigalensis MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & MUNINDRADASA 2007|
Cnemaspis retigalensis — MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007
Type locality: Weweltenna, Retigala, Sri Lanka, (N 08° 06’ 40.3” E 080° 39’ 31.4”, elevation 710m ).
|Types||Holotype: NMSL 20061201, Adult male, 28.76 mm SVL, 30.10.2005, collected by L . J. Mendis Wickramasinghe and D. A. I. Munindradasa.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A small-sized Cnemaspis (snout to vent length 26–31 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; six supra labials to angle of mid-orbit position and end of jaw at 7–8 supra labials; 30–32 interorbitals; throat scales smooth; dorsal tubercles 62–65; dorsal tubercles small, rounded, pentagonal or hexagonal; absence of groups of carinated large scales in dorsal body; presence of conical tubercles, larger than dorsal body scales on the lower part of flank; spine-like tubercles absent on flanks; scales on the thigh intermixed with the tricarinated form; gular scales smooth; midventrals 26–27; ventral smooth and imbricate; subcaudals slightly large; preanal pores absent; 3–4 femoral pores on each side; 11 subdigital lamellae and 3 basal lamellae in the 4th finger; 11–12 subdigital lamellae and 6 basal lamellae in the 4th toe.|
C. retigalensis sp. nov. is congener with C. kandiana and C. kumarasinghei sp. nov. from morphological characters. However, C. retigalensis can easily be distinguished from C. kandiana by the absence of preanal pores and having smooth gula scales and, from C. kumarasinghei by absence of preanal pores and
presence of scales on the thigh intermixed with the tricarinated form, and also from morphometric analysis. Specimens with yellow vertebra line are found rarely.
|Comment||Habitat: C. retigalensis is often found in hill tops, on the lower 2m of trees and rocks.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The species epithet retigalensis is derived from Latin for “Retigala” referring to the forest where the species nov. is discovered.|
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