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Cnemaspis tubaensis QUAH, WOOD, ANUAR, MUIN & GRISMER, 2020

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Tuba Island Rock Gecko 
SynonymCnemaspis tubaensis QUAH, WOOD, ANUAR, MUIN & GRISMER 2020
Cnemaspis tubaensis — KHANDEKAR et al. 2020 
DistributionMalaysia (Langkawi Archipelago: Tuba Island)

Type locality: along the trail to Gua Wang Buluh cave, Tuba Island, Langkawi Archipelago, Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia (approximately 6°14’45.19”N 99°50’54.69”E; 58 m elevation)  
TypesHolotype: USMHC 2541, Adult male, collected at night at approximately 2130 hrs on 18 December 2018 by Evan S.H. Quah, Shahrul Anuar M.S. and Muin, M.A.
Paratypes:. females USMHC 2538–39 and 2542 bear the same collection data as the holotype. Male USMHC 2527 and females USMHC 2528–29 bear the same locality data as the holotype but were collected on 17 December 2018 at approximately 1000–1130 hrs in the daytime. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Cnemaspis tubaensis sp. nov. differs from all other species of the C. kumpoli group in having a unique combination of a maximum SVL of 37.0 mm; 10 or 11 supralabials; 8 or 9 infralabials; 15–18 semi-linearly arranged paravertebral tubercles; lateral caudal furrow present; lateral caudal tubercles on the anterior portion of the tail; caudal tubercles not encircling tail; five or six precloacal pores; 28 or 29 subdigital lamellae on the fourth toe; smooth ventrals; smooth subcaudals with an enlarged median row of scales; subcaudal region light grey and speckled with yellow; absence of light-colored ocelli on the shoulder region; no yellow postscapular band; dorsum light brown with sage-green blotches and black spots; flanks with scattered yellow spots; and the absence of black gular markings in both sexes. 
CommentHabitat: karst faces and boulders both during the day and night. Some specimens were observed at the entrance of the Gua Wang Buluh Cave but none were found inside.

Activity: diurnal, as geckos were highly alert during the day. At night, they were found sheltering in cracks and crevices in the karst and easier to approach.

Syntopy: Cyrtodactylus dayangbuntingensis, Gehyra mutilata. In the vicinity were Bronchocela cf. rayaensis, Draco blanfordii, Boiga cyanea. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet tubaensis is in reference to the type locality of this species on Tuba Island of the Langkawi Archipelago, Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia. 
  • QUAH, EVAN S. H.; PERRY L. JR. WOOD, M.S. SHAHRUL ANUAR, MOHD ABDUL MUIN 2020. A new species of Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Langkawi Archipelago, Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia with an updated checklist of the herpetofauna of Tuba Island. Zootaxa 4767 (1): 138–160 - get paper here
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