Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh Grismer, Wood, Mohamed, Chan, Heinz, Sumarli, Chan & Loredo, 2013

Grismer, Lee, Wood, Perry L., Anuar, Shahrul, Riyanto, Awal, Ahmad, Norhayati, Muin, Mohd A., Sumontha, Montri, Grismer, Jesse L., Onn, Chan Kin, Quah, Evan S. H. & Pauwels, Olivier S. A., 2014, Systematics and natural history of Southeast Asian Rock Geckos (genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887) with descriptions of eight new species from Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, Zootaxa 3880 (1), pp. 1-147 : 90

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Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh Grismer, Wood, Mohamed, Chan, Heinz, Sumarli, Chan & Loredo, 2013


Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh Grismer, Wood, Mohamed, Chan, Heinz, Sumarli, Chan & Loredo, 2013 a

Merapoh Rock Gecko

Fig. 47 View FIGURE 47

Holotype. Adult male ( LSUHC 11016) “collected on 23 June 2013 by L. Lee Grismer at 2200 hrs at 23 m from Gua Gunting, Merapoh, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (4°42.069 N, 101°58.512 E)”.

Diagnosis. Maximum SVL 43.4 mm SVL; 10 supralabials; nine or 10 infralabials; keeled ventrals; at least one, round precloacal pore in males; 30 paravertebral tubercles; dorsal body tubercles semi-randomly arranged; tuberculation weak on flanks; caudal tubercles not encircling tail; lateral caudal tubercles not within lateral caudal furrows; ventrolateral caudal tubercles absent; subcaudals keeled; no enlarged, median subcaudal scale row; three postcloacal tubercles; no enlarged femoral, subtibial, or submetatarsal scales; subtibials keeled; and 31–33 subdigital lamellae on fourth toe (Tables 6,7). Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh sp. nov. lack diagnostic color pattern characteristics.

Color pattern in life ( Fig. 47 View FIGURE 47 ). Dorsal ground color grey; top of head bearing small dark spots; thin, dark postorbital stripes meeting medially on occiput and turning anteriorly; rostrum and supralabial region greenish; paired, light colored, paravertebral, blotches extend from nape to base of tail where they transform into light colored caudal bands, blotches united on nape and shoulder region into a single blotch; flanks bearing dark mottling and yellowish spots; limbs darkly mottled with a faint banding pattern; overall color of venter unicolor beige with all scales bearing black stippling. There is no sexual dimorphism in color pattern and coloration lightens considerably at night.

Distribution. Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh is known only from the type locality of Gua Gunting, Merapoh, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 ). Grismer et al. (2013a) reported finding eggs on the connected karst outcrop Gua Goyang.

Natural History. Grismer et al. (2013a) noted that Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh is a lowland, diurnal species found only on karst substrate. Specimens were observed approximately 1 m above the ground along the perimeter of an extensive karst system surrounded by a limestone forest ( Fig. 47 View FIGURE 47 ) and lizards often position themselves adjacent to cracks into which they can escape if threatened. A gravid female carrying two eggs was collected during June.

Relationships. Cnemaspis selamatkanmerapoh is the sister species of C. hangus sp. nov. ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 ).

Material examined. Malaysia: Pahang; Mearpoh, Gua Gunting LSUHC 11015–16 (type series).


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