Wednesday, July 15, 2015

[Herpetology • 2015] Cnemaspis rajabasa • A New Species of Cnemaspis (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from southern Sumatra, Indonesia


Cnemaspis rajabasa
Amarasinghe, Harvey, Riyanto & Smith, 2015

ABSTRACT

We describe a new species of Cnemaspis from southern Sumatra, Indonesia. The new species is the first Cnemaspis reported from Sumatra and is a large (52.6–58.7 mm in snout–vent length [SVL]) nocturnal species. A combination of the following characters distinguishes the new species from all other Southeast Asian congeners: adults reaching 58.7 mm SVL; supralabials 13 or 14; infralabials 11 or 12; tricarinate ventrals; precloacal pores absent; moderately prominent, randomly arranged, dorsal tubercles; 20 or 21 paravertebral tubercles; no tubercles on lower flanks; caudal tubercles encircling tail; subcaudals keeled; the median row of subcaudals not enlarged; two postcloacal tubercles on each side of tail base; no enlarged femoral, subtibial, or submetatarsal scales; subtibial scales keeled; 28–34 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; dark and light caudal bands distinct in both sexes. We tentatively assign the new species to the Cnemaspis kendallii group of the Southern Sunda clade of recent phylogenetic analyses.

Key words: Cnemaspis rajabasa sp. nov., Geckoes, Lampung, Sundaland




A.A. Thasun Amarasinghe, Michael B. Harvey, Awal Riyanto and Eric N. Smith. 2015. A New Species of Cnemaspis (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Sumatra, Indonesia.
Herpetologica. 71(2); 160–167. DOI: 10.1655/HERPETOLOGICA-D-14-00034

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