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Cnemaspis stellapulvis KHANDEKAR, THACKERAY & AGARWAL, 2020

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Stardust dwarf gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis stellapulvis KHANDEKAR, THACKERAY & AGARWAL 2020 
DistributionIndia (Karnataka)

Type locality: near Haddina Kallu Anjaneya Temple, at the base of granite rocky hillock near Yadiyur (12.989° N 76.790° E; ca. 800 m asl.), Mandya district, Karnataka state, India  
TypesHolotype. NCBS BH757 (AK 618), adult male, collected by Akshay Khandekar, Ishan Agarwal, Nikhil Gaitonde & Joshua Muyiwa, on 7 March 2019.
Paratypes. NCBS BH759 (AK 620), NCBS-BH664 (AK 627), adult males, NCBS BH758, (AK 619), NCBS BH760 (AK 624), NCBS BH761 (AK 625), NCBS BH762 (AK 626), adult females, same collection data as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small-sized Cnemaspis, snout to vent length less than 32 mm. Dorsal pholidosis heterogeneous; weakly keeled, granular scales in the vertebral and paravertebral region with a few scattered enlarged keeled tubercles, intermixed with about five irregularly arranged rows of large, weakly keeled tubercles on each side of flank, tubercles in lowest row largest, spine-like; 7–10 rows of dorsal tubercles. Ventral scales smooth, imbricate, 20–22 scales across belly, 90–107 longitudinal scales from mental to cloaca. Subdigital scansors smooth, entire, unnotched; eight or nine lamellae under digit I of both manus and pes, 13–16 lamellae under digit IV of manus and 17–20 lamellae under digit IV of pes. Males with two or three femoral pores on each thigh separated on either side by eight poreless scales from a continuous series of two precloacal pores. Tail with enlarged, strongly keeled, distinctly pointed, conical tubercles forming whorls; a median row of sub-caudals smooth, slightly enlarged. Dorsal colouration brown-grey with numerous light grey spots on nape, body and limbs, males with a bright yellow throat, neck and supraciliaries; a light mid-dorsal streak runs from occiput to third row of tubercles on tail, single medial dark ocellus just anterior to forelimb insertions, indistinct dark crossbars on the back sometimes present, tail indistinctly banded (Khandekar et al. 2020). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a noun formed by the combination of the Latin words stella and pulvis meaning stardust, an allusion to the prominent grey spots on the dorsum of the new species. 
  • KHANDEKAR, AKSHAY; TEJAS THACKERAY, ISHAN AGARWAL 2020. A new cryptic Cnemaspis Strauch (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from an isolated granite hill on the Mysore Plateau, Karnataka, India. Zootaxa 4845 (4): 509–528 - get paper here
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