Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh GRISMER, WOOD, MOHAMED, CHAN, HEINZ, SUMARLI, CHAN & LOREDO, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Merapoh Rock Gecko|
Malay: Cicak Batu Merapoh
|Synonym||Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh GRISMER, WOOD, MOHAMED, CHAN, HEINZ, SUMARLI, CHAN & LOREDO 2013|
Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh — GRISMER et al. 2014: 90
|Distribution||Peninsular Malaysia (Pahang)|
Type locality: Gua Gunting, Merapoh, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (4°42.069 N 101°58.512 E; at 257 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: LSUHC 11016, adult male, collected on 23 June 2013 by L. Lee Grismer at 2200 hrs at 23 m. Paratype. Adult female (LSUHC 11015) bears the same data as the holotype except it was collected at 1500 hrs|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh sp. nov. differs from all other Southeast Asian species of Cnemaspis in having the unique combination of adult males reaching at least 37.6 mm SVL, adult females reaching 43.4 mm SVL; 10 supralabials; nine or 10 infralabials; keeled ventrals; at least one, round precloacal pore in males; moderately prominent dorsal tubercles; 30 paravertebral tubercles; dorsal body tubercles semi-randomly arranged; tuberculation weak on flanks; caudal tubercles not encircling tail; lateral caudal tubercles not within lateral caudal furrows; ventrolateral caudal tubercles absent; subcaudals keeled; no enlarged, median subcaudal scale row; three postcloacal tubercles; no enlarged femoral, subtibial, or submetatarsal scales; subtibials keeled; 31–33 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; no ocelli in shoulder region; no distinct, yellow bars on flanks; and no yellow, postscapular band. These differences are summarized across all Southeast Asian species in Wood et al. (2013:Table 2).|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet selamatkanmerapoh is a combination of the Malay word selamatkan which is analogous to the English transitive verb “save” (as in to protect) and Merapoh which is the region wherein the type locality occurs. This name is in reference to the fact that karst formations of Gua Gunting and Gua Goyang have been determined to possess high quality limestone and are slated to be quarried. It also echoes the campaigning slogan “Save Merapoh Caves” that is being used by the Malaysian Nature Society and other local agencies that are fighting to conserve the karst formations in this region.|
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