Cnemaspis tapanuli ISKANDAR, MCGUIRE & AMARASINGHE, 2017
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemaspis tapanuli?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cnemaspis tapanuli ISKANDAR, MCGUIRE & AMARASINGHE 2017|
|Distribution||Indonesia (North Sumatra)|
Type locality: Bohorok, Bukit Lawang Forest, Tapanuli Utara, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 85– 413 m elevation (3°31’N, 98°08’E)
|Reproduction||oviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: MZB 2240, Male, SVL 31.7 mm, collected on 18 June 1975 by H. K. Voris. Paratype. Female, MZB 2241, SVL 32.1 mm, bears the same data as the holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Cnemaspis tapanuli sp. nov. differs from all other Southeast Asian diminutive Cnemaspis in having the unique combination of a maximum SVL of 32.1 mm; each postmental bounded by three scales; dorsal scales keeled; four spine-like tubercles on flank; gular scales slightly keeled; pectoral scales keeled and abdominal scales smooth; ventral scales of thigh smooth; four precloacal pores; 4 or 5 femoral pores on each side; subcaudals smooth, scales on median row enlarged and smooth; six supralabials; 18 lamellae under fourth toe.|
Cnemaspis tapanuli sp. nov. is most similar to C. minang, but it can be distinguished from this species (characters in parentheses) by having subcaudals smooth (keeled) and a pale vertebral stripe (no vertebral stripe).
|Comment||Habitat: on tree buttresses or among leaf litter between tree buttresses during daytime. Several specimens were observed between ground level and 1 m in height.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The specific epithet refers to the northern Sumatra, also known as Tapanuli, signifying a beautiful beach (tapian nan uli) or coastal area (of Toba Lake), formed here as an invariable noun in apposition.|