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Cyrtodactylus ramboda BATUWITA & BAHIR, 2005

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

Type locality: Ramboda near Gerandi Ella falls, Nuwara Eliya District (07°02’30”N,80°41’20”E, elevation 780 m).  
TypesHolotype: NMSL (= WHT) 6050, adult male (99.1 mm SVL), (regenerated tail, bearing a mid-ventral incision). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyrtodactylus ramboda 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, 11–1; 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; noprecloacal groove; 6 precloacal pores in male holotype; claws moderately long (ClawLM/ ForeaL ratio 0.10–0.11; ClawLP/CrusL ratio 0.11–0.1); mental subpentagonal, with concave posterior lateral borders. Scales across mid-body between ventrolateral folds, 28–2. Dorsal scales across mid-body between ventrolateral folds, 55–6. Tubercles on paravertebral row, 8–44. Rows of dorsal tubercles at mid-body, 9. Ventral scales imbricate to subimbricate with rounded posterior edges. Original tail subequal to body (TailL/ SVL ratio range 1.0). Cyrtodactylus ramboda new species resembles C. fraenatus, from which it may be distinguished as follows: 8–44 paravertebral tubercles row vs. 17–2 in C. fraenatus. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • 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.
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