Wednesday, August 14, 2019

[Herpetology • 2019] Cnemaspis anandani • A New Species of Day Gecko of the Genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata : Gekkonidae) from the Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu, India

Cnemaspis anandani
Murthy, Nitesh, Sengupta & Deepak, 2019

  Rec. Zool. Surv. India. 119(3) 

Based on the field explorations in the Western Ghats, a day gecko of the genus Cnemaspis 1887 is described from the Nilgiri hill ranges of Tamil Nadu. A medium sized gecko is distinguished from all the other congeners by a set of distinct morphological characters. Current taxonomic issues persisting among the members of genus Cnemaspis reported from the Western Ghats and India are discussed. The new species is found to have restrictive range of distribution in the higher elevations of Nilgiri hills. The discovery of a new high altitude endemic species indicates a need of further explorations in Nilgiri hill ranges.

Keywords: Cnemaspis, Gekkonidae, New Species, Nilgiri Hills, Taxonomy, Western Ghats.

Cnemaspis anandani sp. nov. (male) live in its habitat. 

Cnemaspis anandani sp. nov.

Species Diagnosis: A medium sized Cnemaspis with a maximum snout-vent length 41.2 mm; dorsal scales heterogeneous, entire dorsals keeled, scales are variable in size, interspersed with few large scales, irregularly arranged tubercles; two rows of enlarged 7-8 conical tubercles present on flanks; 3-4 small tubercles on the lateral side of the neck region; ventrals smooth with 16-18 mid body scales, imbricate; supra-labials to angle of jaw 7-8; infra-labials 7-8; sub-digital lamellae under manus IV 14-15; under pes IV 16-17; tail base slightly swollen, sub cylindrical, bulbous with a single post-cloacal spurs on each side; dorsal scales of tail is rough, keeled with two small, two enlarged tubercles on each side, weak whorls; sub-caudals smooth, enlarged, hexagonal, regularly arranged scales; male with 5-6 femoral pores, separated by 19–20 unpored femoro-precloacal scales; preanal pores absent. 

Etymology: The specific epithet is a patronym, named after Anandan Sethuraman an reputed Wildlife Conservationist, by honoring his contribution towards protection of Wildlife in the Niligiri district, Tamil Nadu, India. 

Suggested common name: Anandan’s Day Gecko

Distribution: Cnemaspis anandani sp. nov. is currently known to occur in Horasholai, Kotagiri and in Coonoor Gandhipuram (N 11.33 ; E 76.79), which is 6.16 miles aerial distance and Dolphin nose (N 11.35 ; E 76.82), which is 4.21 miles aerial distance from the type locality. The maximum altitude recorded for the species is 1,990 m ASL comparing to other high-altitude species described so far such as C. anamudiensis (1900 m ASL), C. maculicollis (1250 m ASL) and C. sisparensis (1500 m ASL). 

Natural history: The holotype and paratypes commonly found near the road side culverts, which is very close to the tea plantation and inside the hollow spaces of old wooden logs staked inside the tea plantation. The new species is found to be using the crevices for egg laying. We found large number of live animals in the evening hours around the walls of petrol pump in Kotagiri. Our field observations suggest this species is well adapted to live around human habitation.

B. H. Channakeshava Murthy, A. Nitesh , Shruti Sengupta and P. Deepak. 2019. A New Species of Day Gecko of the Genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata : Gekkonidae) from the Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu, India. Rec. Zool. Surv. India. 119(3); 211-226. DOI: 10.26515/rzsi/v119/i3/2019/143339.


  1. Invest with 200$ and get a returns of 5,000$ within seven business working days.
    Why wasting your precious time online looking for a loan? When there is an opportunity for you to invest with 200$ and get a returns of 5,000$ within seven business working days. Contact us now for more information if interested on how you can earn big with just little amount. This is all about investing into Crude Oil and Gas Business.


  2. Artikel yang sangat bagus ^_^

    Bagi para penggemar Taruhan Bola Online Jangan Lupa Kunjungi Situs Taruhan Bola
    Terpercaya Di Indonesia.

    Situs GrandM88 Menyediakan Banyak Jenis Permainan Diantaranya :
    Sabung Ayam
    Casino Online
    Slot Game
    Parlay Bola Jalan
    Bola Jalan Merupakan Portal Berita Bola, Jadwal Bola, dan Prediksi Parlay Terupdate Setiap Harinya..

  3. I got my already programmed and blanked ATM card to withdraw the maximum of $5,500 daily for a maximum of 6 years. I am so happy about this because i got mine last week and I have used it to get more then $350,000 and ready to pay more. United Hackers is giving out the card just to help the poor and needy though it is illegal but it is something nice is not like other scam pretending to have the blank ATM cards. And no one gets caught when using the card.
    WhatsApp: +351 965 761 372
    Email :


    Website paling ternama dan paling terpercaya di Asia ^^
    Sistem pelayanan 24 Jam Non-Stop bersama dengan CS Berpengalaman respon tercepat :)
    Memiliki 8 Jenis game yang sangat digemari oleh seluruh peminat poker / domino

    - Adu Q
    - Bandar Q
    - Bandar Sakong
    - Bandar Poker
    - Poker
    - Domino 99
    - Capsa Susun

    Permainan Judi online yang menggunakan uang asli dan mendapatkan uang asli ^^
    * Minimal Deposit : 20.000
    * Minimal Withdraw : 20.000
    * Deposit dan Withdraw 24 jam Non stop ( Kecuali Bank offline / gangguan )
    * Bonus REFFERAL 15 % Seumur hidup tanpa syarat
    * Bonus ROLLINGAN 0.3 % Dibagikan 5 hari 1 kali
    * Proses Deposit & Withdraw PALING CEPAT
    * Sistem keamanan Terbaru & Terjamin
    * Poker Online Terpercaya
    * Live chat yang Responsive
    * Support lebih banyak bank LOKAL

    Contact Us

    Website SahabatQQ
    WA 1 : +85515769793
    WA 2 : +855972076840
    FACEBOOK : SahabatQQ Reborn
    TWITTER : SahabatQQ
    YM :
    Kami Siap Melayani anda 24 jam Nonstop

    Daftar SahabatQQ