Cyrtodactylus cracens BATUWITA & BAHIR, 2005
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus cracens?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus cracens BATUWITA & BAHIR 2005|
Cyrtodactylus subsolanus BATUWITA & BAHIR 2005
Type locality: Sinharaja World Heritage site, Ratnapura District (06°26’N, 80°25’E, elevation 450 m),
subsolanus: Sri Lanka; Type locality: in a cardamom plantation at Dolahena Estate, near Morningside Forest Reserve, adjacent to and east of the Sinharaja World Heritage Site, Ratnapura District (06°25’10”N, 80°36’30”E, elevation 850 m).
|Types||Holotype: NMSL (= WHT) 6048, adult male (101.0 mm SVL), (partially regenerated tail broken at base)|
Holotype: NMSL (= WHT) 5999, adult male (99.5 mm SVL), (a 10 mm portion removed from tail tip and preserved inethanol) [subsolanus]
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. 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.|
Diagnosis (subsolanus). Cyrtodactylus subsolanus is distinguished from all other congeners by the combination of the following characters: subdigital lamellae beneath proximal portion of 4th digit of manus, 9–10; 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, 8–10, beneath distal portion, 1–14; 1–4 fragmented basal lamellae beneath distal portion of each digit; no precloacal groove; 5 precloacal pores in males; claws long (ClawLM/ ForeaL ratio 0.11–0.12; ClawLP/ CrusLratio 0.12–0.15); mental subtriangular. Scales across mid-body between ventrolateral folds, 0–2. Dorsal scales across mid-body between ventrolateral folds, 60–65. Tubercles on paravertebral row, 21–26 (tubercles absent on neck). Dorsal tubercles at mid-body in 6–8 rows. Ventral scales imbricate to subimbricate, imbricate on groin, with rounded posterior edges. Original tail shorter than body (TailL/ SVL ratiorange 0.9–0.96). Cyrtodactylus subsolanus resembles C. cracens new species and C. fraenatus. It may be distinguished from the latter by its indistinct dorsal pattern, vs. distinct dorsal pattern; and from former by having a broader head (HeadW/HeadL ratio 0.71–0.72) and raised dorsal tubercles, vs. narrower head (HeadW/HeadL ratio 0.65) and flattened dorsal tubercles; and also its comparatively short claws.
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
Synonymy: Amarasinghe et al. 2022 synonymized Cyrtodactylus subsolanus with Cyrtodactylus cracens.
|Etymology||Cyrtodactylus subsolanus was named after Latin “subsolanus” for ‘eastern’, a reference to the restriction of this species to the eastern border of the Sinharaja World Heritage Site.|
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