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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Kombala- Kottawa Forest Reserve, Kottawa, Galle District, Southern Province of Sri Lanka, 06º06’N, 80º20’E, 60 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: NMSL (= WHT) 7208 (male), 28.6 mm SVL coll. S. Batuwita, 24 October, 2005. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cnemaspis silvula differs from its peninsular Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by a combination of the following characters. Maximum SVL 28.6 mm; paired postmentals separated by a medial scale; each postmental bounded by 4 scales including medial scale; ventrals, 132–138; ventral scales across midbody, 20; dorsal scales heterogeneous; a row of 10–15 irregular spinous tubercles on flank; ventrals, 138, keeled; 3 preanal pores, 4 femoral pores on each side; subcaudals keeled, those on median row enlarged, irregular; supralabials to angle of jaws, 7; subdigital lamellae on digit IV of pes, 18; (in life) dorsum darkbrown to light-brown, with about seven indistinct, lighter, V-shaped markings; occipital region with lighter spots. [from MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI et al. 2007]. 
EtymologyThe species name is the Latin diminutive of ‘forest’, a reference to the habitats in which the species occurs, applied here as a noun in apposition. 
  • Agarwal, I., Biswas, S., Bauer, A.M., Greenbaum, E., Jackman, T.R., De Silva, A. & Batuwita, S. 2017. Cryptic species, taxonomic inflation, or a bit of both? New species phenomenon in Sri Lanka as suggested by a phylogeny of dwarf geckos (Reptilia, Squamata, Gekkonidae, Cnemaspis). Systematics and Biodiversity, 15, 427–439 - get paper here
  • Disswanayake, D. S. B., H. D. Jayasinghe and S. Wellappuliarachchi 2016. Cnemaspis silvula (Endemic Forest Day Gecko) predation. Herpetological Review 47(3): 462-463. - get paper here
  • Jayaneththi, Hareschandra Bandula 2015. Vertebrate fauna of Morankanda-Mukalana secondary forest patch in Sri Lanka: A checklist reported from 2004-2008 survey. RUHUNA JOURNAL OF SCIENCE 6: 21- 41 - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, D. M. S. S. and A. A. T. Amarasinghe 2010. Reptile diversity of a fragmented lowland rain forest patch in Kukulugala, Ratnapura district, Sri Lanka. Taprobanica 2 (2): 86-94 - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, Suranjan; Nikolay A. Poyarkov, Anslem de Silva, Majintha Madawala, Madhava Botejue, Vladislav A. Gorin, Thilina Surasinghe, Dinesh Gabadage, Kanishka D.B. Ukuwela & Aaron M. Bauer 2019. Integrative taxonomy reveals six new species of day geckos of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from geographically-isolated hill forests in Sri Lanka. Vertebrate Zoology 69 (3): 247–298 - get paper here
  • Manamendra-Arachchi, Kelum; Batuwita, Sudesh & Pethiyagoda, Rohan 2007. A taxonomic revision of the Sri Lankan day-geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis), with description of new species from Sri Lanka and southern India. Zeylanica 7 (1): 9-122
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • VIDANAPATHIRANA, DULAN RANGA; M. D. GEHAN RAJEEV, NETHU WICKRAMASINGHE, SAMANTHA SURANJAN FERNANDO & L. J. MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE & L. J. MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE 2014. Cnemaspis rammalensis sp. nov., Sri Lanka’s largest day-gecko (Sauria: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis) from Rammalakanda Man and Biosphere Reserve in southern Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 3755 (3): 273–286 - get paper here
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