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Cyrtodactylus cracens BATUWITA & BAHIR, 2005

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus cracens BATUWITA & BAHIR 2005 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Sinharaja World Heritage site, Ratnapura District (06°26’N, 80°25’E, elevation 450 m),  
TypesHolotype: NMSL (= WHT) 6048, adult male (101.0 mm SVL), (partially regenerated tail broken at base) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus cracens is distinguished from allotherCyrtodactylus by a combination of the following characters: subdigital lamellae beneath proximal portion of 4th digit of manus, 7–9; beneath distal portion, 12–1; basal lamellae under proximal portion as wide as digit width.Subdigital lamellae beneath proximal portion of 4th digit of pes 8–9; beneath distal portion12–14; no precloacal groove; 5–6 precloacal pores in males; claws long (ClawLM/ForeaL ratio 0.10–0.12; ClawLP/ CrusL ratio 0.12–0.1); mental subtriangular. Scales across mid-body between ventrolateral folds, 1. Dorsal scales across mid-body between ventrolateral folds, 6–67. Tubercles on paravertebrabral row, 26–27. Seven to eight rows flatttened dorsal tubercles at mid-body. Ventral scales imbricate, with rounded posterior edges. From among the other Sri Lankan Cyrtodactylus, C. cracens most closely resembles C. subsolanus new species, from which it may be distinguished as follows: head narrow (HeadW/HeadL ratio 0.65), dorsal tubercles flattened and claws comparatively longer, vs.head wide (HeadW/ HeadL ratio0.71–0.72), dorsal tubercles raised and claws short in C.subsolanus. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
  • Batuwita, S. & M. M. Bahir 2005. Description of five new species of Cyrtodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Sri Lanka. Raffles Bull. Zool., Suppl. No. 12: 351-380 - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, D. M. S. S. and A. A. T. Amarasinghe 2012. Reptile diversity in Beraliya Mukalana proposed forest reserve, Galle District - Sri Lanka. Taprobanica 4 (1): 20-26 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. & Glaw, F. 2008. A new species of Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Malaysia including a literature survey of mensural and meristic data in the genus. Zootaxa 1729: 8–22 - get paper here
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
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