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Rediscovery of Cnemaspis nilagirica Manamendra-Arachchi, Batuwita and Pethiyagoda, 2007 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Kerala, India with notes on morphology and distribution 

IISER-TVM Centre for Research and Education in Ecology and Evolution (ICREEE) and School of Biology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695551, India
IISER-TVM Centre for Research and Education in Ecology and Evolution (ICREEE) and School of Biology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695551, India National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, 560065, India
Pavukandy House, Moolad Post, Narayamkulam, Kozhikode, Kerala 673614, India
Zoological Survey of India- Western Ghats Regional Center, Kozhikode, Kerala 673006, India
Life Sciences Department, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom
Reptilia Day geckos Nilgiri Hills Western Ghats


Cnemaspis nilagirica was described by Manamendra-Arachchi, Batuwita and Pethiyagoda in 2007 based on a single female specimen that was a syntype of Gonatodes kandianus var. tropidogaster described by Boulenger in 1885. However, a living population of this species has not been reported since its original description by Boulenger. Based on fresh material and comparisons with the holotype of C. nilagirica, we here report the collection of this species after over 130 years. We provide the first description of a male specimen and additional information on morphological variation, distribution and natural history.



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