Cnemaspis scalpensis

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Cnemaspis scalpensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Cnemaspis
Species: C. scalpensis
Binomial name
Cnemaspis scalpensis
(Ferguson, 1877)
Synonyms[1]
  • Gymnodactylus scalpensis
    Ferguson, 1877
  • Cnemaspis jerdoni scalpensis
    Deraniyagala, 1953
  • Cnemaspis ranwellai
    Wickramasinghe, 2006
  • Cnemaspis scalpensis
    — Wickramasinghe & Munindradasa, 2007

Cnemaspis scalpensis, commonly called Ferguson's day gecko or the rocky day gecko, is a species of diurnal gecko. The species is found only in Sri Lanka.

Habitat and distribution[edit]

Widespread in Sri Lanka, and more common in the dry zone, than wet zone. Mainly confined to large boulders. Localities include Gammaduwa, Palmadulla, Ritigala and Kandy.

Description[edit]

Snout short, dorsal scales with smooth granules. Median sub-caudals are enlarged. Ventrals smooth. Pre-anal pores absent. Femoral pores present. Dorsum brown or bluish-gray, with dense brown reticulations. Forehead and lips with light spots. Throat dusted 5-6 irregular cross bars of light spots. Throat dusted with brown. Rest of the venter is bright yellow.

Ecology and diet[edit]

Diurnal and crepuscular species, often found in pairs, on large trees and rocks.

Reproduction[edit]

1-2 eggs with dimensions of 5mm are deposits, and hatchlings measure 13 mm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cnemaspis scalpensis ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ferguson W (1877). "Reptile Fauna of Ceylon". Letter on a collection sent to the Colombo Museum, Herbert, Ceylon. (Gymnodactylus scalpensis, new species).

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