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)
  • 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.


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.


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


  1. ^ "Cnemaspis scalpensis ". The Reptile Database.

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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