Dravidogecko meghamalaiensis CHAITANYA, GIRI, DEEPAK, DATTA-ROY, MURTHY & KARANTH, 2019
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Dravidogecko meghamalaiensis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Meghamalai Dravidogecko|
|Synonym||Dravidogecko meghamalaiensis CHAITANYA, GIRI, DEEPAK, DATTA-ROY, MURTHY & KARANTH 2019: 21|
Hemidactylus anamallensis — BAUER & RUSSELL 1995
Hemidactylus anamallensis — CHANDRAMOULI & GANESH 2010 [non Gecko anamallensis GÜNTHER 1875]
|Distribution||India (Tamil Nadu)|
Type locality: Meghamalai (9.6925 °N, 77.3992 °E; ca. 1480 m asl.), approximately 8 km southwest of Meghamalai village, en route to the Highwavy MountainsTheni District, Tamil Nadu.
|Types||Holotype. BNHS 2345, an adult male, collected by RC on 30th May, 2016.|
Paratypes. Details of collection same as the holotype. BNHS 2346, BNHS 2347, BNHS 2348, BNHS 2349, ZSIK 2977, ZSIK 2979 – adult females; ZSIK 2978 and ZSIK 2980 adult males.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Snout-vent length up to 48.7 mm (n=9); two pairs of well-developed postmentals, inner pair only slightly longer than the outer (2PML/1PML 0.82–0.96), and of comparable length to the mental; ventral scales counted at midbody 28–34; precloacofemoral pores, 36–38 (n=3); subdigital lamellae under digit IV of manus 7–9 and under digit IV of pes, 9 or 10; supralabials, 9–11 and infralabials 8–10 on each side.|
Dravidogecko meghamalaiensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from other congeners based on the following characters: number of precloacofemoral pores (PcFP 36–38 versus 45 or 46 in D. anamallensis & 52–56 in D. septentrionalis sp. nov.); inner postmentals comparable in length to mental (ML/1PML 0.95–1.23 versus much longer, 0.74–0.81 in D. annamallensis
|Comment||Habitat: The type-series of Dravidogecko meghamalaiensis sp. nov. was collected en route to the Highwavy Mountains within the Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, where the habitat chiefly constitutes moist mixed deciduous forests (Bhupathy & Babu 2013). Individuals were found on trees and abundantly in unoc- cupied buildings. These habitats are at an altitude of 1300–1600 m asl and receive an average annual rainfall of 1500 mm (Bhupathy et al. 2009).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet is an adjectival toponym referring to the Meghamalai Hills, where the type series was collected,|
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