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Cyrtodactylus edwardtaylori BATUWITA & BAHIR, 2005

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus edwardtaylori BATUWITA & BAHIR 2005
Gymnodactylus frenatus — TAYLOR 1953
Cyrtodactylus edwardtaylori — ZIESMANN et al. 2007 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Tonacombe Estate,Namunukula, Badulla District (06°52’N, 81°07’E, elevation 1320 m),  
TypesHolotype: NMSL (= WHT) 6067, adult male (92.7 mm SVL), (partially regenerated tail broken at base) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus edwardtaylori is distinguished from all other congeners by the combination of following characters: subdigital lamellae beneath proximal portion of 4th digit of manus, 7–8; beneath distal portion, 10–11; basal lamellae under proximal portion as wide as digit width.Subdigital lamellae beneath proximal portion of 4th digit of pes, 7–10; beneath distal portion, 11–13; precloacalgroove absent; 6 precloacal pores in males; claws short(ClawLM/ ForeaL ratio 0.10; ClawLP/ CrusL ratio 0.08–0.10). Mental subpentagonal with concave posterior-lateral borders. Scales across mid-body between ventrolateral folds, 29–30. Dorsal scales across mid-body between ventrolateral folds, 72–75. Tubercles on paravertebral row, 40–45; rows of keeled dorsal tubercles at mid-body, 14–15. Ventral scales imbricate to subimbricate withrounded posterior edge. Regenerated tail longer than body (TailL/ SVL ratio 1.05 in holotype). Among its Sri Lankan congeners, Cyrtodactylus edwardtaylori appears most closely to resemble C. soba new species, from which it may be distinguished by having 4 dorsal bands,14–15 mid-dorsal tubercles, 40–45 paravertebral tubercles and mid-ventral scales with rounded posterior edges, vs.5 dorsal bands, 7–10 mid-dorsal tubercles, 25–31 paravertebral tubercles and mid-ventral scales with pointed posterior edges. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after Edward HarrisonTaylor (1889–1978). 
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Taylor, E.H. 1953. A review of the lizards of Ceylon. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 35 (12): 1525-1585 - get paper here
  • Ziesmann, S.; Janzen, P. & Klaas, P. 2007. Die Vielfalt der Geckos [Sri Lankas]. Draco 7 (30): 38-44 - get paper here
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