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Cnemaspis tropidogaster

Cnemaspis tropidogaster (*)

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Gekkota
Infraordo: Gekkomorpha
Superfamilia: Gekkonoidea

Familia: Gekkonidae
Subfamilia: Gekkoninae
Genus: Cnemaspis
Species: C. spinicollis

Cnemaspis spinicollis Müller, 1907

Type locality: Mukonje-Farm, Mundame, Cameroon.

Ancylodactylus spinicollis Müller, 1907: 825


Müller, 1907. Über einen neuen Gecko aus Kamerun und eine neue colubrine Schlange aus Centralchina. Zool. Anz. 31:824—830.
Cnemaspis spinicollis at the New Reptile Database


Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Benin, Nigeria, Togo

Vernacular names
English: Spinicoll Day Gecko

Cnemaspis spinicollis is a species of gecko endemic to western Africa.[1]

"Cnemaspis spinicollis". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 2017-11-11.

The rough-bellied day gecko (Cnemaspis tropidogaster) is a species of day geckos found in the Western Ghats of India and Sri Lanka. Its distribution in the southern Western Ghats is patchy and relatively uncommon. It is active during the day. It has a distinct head, elongated snout, and keeled ventral scales; Its dark-brown dorsal side has transverse arrangement of light and dark variegations. It is pale brown/cream on its underside with spiny tubercles on its sides. Males have two to four preanal and three to six femoral pores.

Live populations were rediscovered nearly after 120 years from Sri Lanka in 2016 from a low elevation (50–80 m asl.) of the wet zone of Sri Lanka.[2]
Habitat and distribution

A relatively uncommon day active gecko from the midhills of the Central Province Knuckles Mountain Range and also from Sabaragamuwa Province and parts of the monsoon forests in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.
Ecology and diet

Diurnal and crepuscular species, often found in rocky substrates and low trunks of trees, and occasionally entering man-made structures, such as thatched huts and cowheads.

Wickramasinghe, L.J.M., Amarasinghe, A., Perera, N., Madawala, M., de Alwis Goonatilake, S. & Botejue, M. 2021. Cnemaspis tropidogaster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T178508A1537197. Downloaded on 04 January 2018.

"The Re-discovery of Live Populations (Sauria, Gekkonidae) from Sri Lanka after 120 years". Novataxa. Retrieved 3 February 2019.

Boulenger, G.A. 1885 Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp.
Inger R F; Marx H; Koshy M 1984 An undescribed species of gekkonid lizard (Cnemaspis) from India with comments on the status of C. tropidogaster. Herpetologica 40 (2): 149-154
Taylor, E.H. 1953 A review of the lizards of Ceylon. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., Lawrence, 35: 1525-1585
Wermuth, H. 1965 Liste der rezenten Amphibien und Reptilien. Gekkonidae, Pygopodidae, Xantusiidae. Das Tierreich (80):1-246
Das, I. 2008 A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of India, page 88.

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