Cnemaspis rubraoculus PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER, 2021
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis rubraoculus?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis rubraoculus PAL, MIRZA, DSOUZA & SHANKER 2021|
|Distribution||India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu)|
Type locality: Upper Manalar, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Megamalai (9.571°N, 77.334°E; 1552 m asl)
|Types||Holotype: BNHS 2612, adult male collected by S.P. Vijayakumar and team on 8th April 2009.|
Paratypes: CESL 114 & CESL 116, adult females; collected from the same locality as the holotype by Mrugank Prabhu and Aniruddha Dutta Roy on 24th August 2010.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A medium sized, robust Cnemaspis species (SVL up to 45.8 mm) characterised by the presence of heterogenous dorsal scales, small granular scales intermixed with larger, irregularly arranged, keeled, rounded tubercles; absence of spine like tubercles on the flank; paired postmentals separated by a single broad median scale; 8–10 rows of middorsal tubercles, 12–14 tubercles in paravertebral rows; ventrals smooth, subimbricate, 122– 133 longitudinal scales from mental to cloaca; 33–37 midventral scales; one postcloacal spur on each side; males with 6 precloacal pores, femoral pores absent; a row of enlarged scales from base of first toe to end of foot; subcaudals smooth, median row enlarged with individual large quadrate scale alternating with slightly smaller subconical one; 6 supralabials to the angle of jaw; 18–19 lamellae on digit IV of pes. (Pal et al. 2022)|
|Comment||Group: Belongs to the beddomei clade.|
|Etymology||Named after the Latin words ‘rubrum’, meaning red, and ‘oculus’ meaning eye; referring to the prominent red iris.|