Cyrtodactylus subsolanus BATUWITA & BAHIR, 2005
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus subsolanus?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus subsolanus BATUWITA & BAHIR 2005|
Type locality: in a cardamom plantation at Dolahena Estate, near Morningside Forest Reserve, adjacent to and east of the SinharajaWorld Heritage Site, Ratnapura District (06°25’10”N, 80°36’30”E, elevation 850 m).
|Types||Holotype: NMSL (= WHT) 5999, adult male (99.5 mm SVL), (a 10 mm portion removed from tail tip and preserved inethanol).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. 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).|
|Etymology||Named after Latin “subsolanus” for ‘eastern’, a reference to the restriction of this species to the eastern border of the Sinharaja World Heritage Site.|