A new endemic rock Gecko Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Gunung Jerai, Kedah, northwestern Peninsular Malaysia

Chan Kin Onn, L. Lee Grismer, Shahrul Anuar, Evan Quah, Mohd Abdul Muin, Anna E. Savage, Jesse L. Grismer, Norhayati Ahmad, Ana Caroline Remigio, Lee F. Greer

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Abstract

A new species of endemic Cnemaspis is described from Gunung Jerai (also known as Kedah Peak) in the northwestern state of Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia. Cnemaspis harimau sp. nov. differs from all other Sundaland congeners except C. affinis, C. biocellata, C. kumpoli, C. mcguirei, C. pseudomcguirei, and C. shahruli in having a black shoulder patch with a white or yellow ocellus anteriorly located. It is most similar in appearance to its sister species, C. affinis, but differs by having a smaller maximum SVL of 40.7 mm vs. 50.8 mm; three vs. five postmentals; caudal tubercles encircling vs. not encircling tail; lateral caudal tubercles on anterior 25% of tail highly spinose and protruding vs. slightly spinose; and an overall higher degree of scale keeling (most prominent on the tail). The discovery of another montane endemic once again highlights the understudied nature of Peninsular Malaysia's extensive mountain ranges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-68
Number of pages10
JournalZootaxa
Issue number2576
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2010

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Keywords

  • Cnemaspis harimau
  • Gunung jerai
  • Herpetofauna
  • Kedah peak
  • New species
  • Taxonomy

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  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Onn, C. K., Grismer, L. L., Anuar, S., Quah, E., Muin, M. A., Savage, A. E., ... Greer, L. F. (2010). A new endemic rock Gecko Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Gunung Jerai, Kedah, northwestern Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa, (2576), 59-68.

A new endemic rock Gecko Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata : Gekkonidae) from Gunung Jerai, Kedah, northwestern Peninsular Malaysia. / Onn, Chan Kin; Grismer, L. Lee; Anuar, Shahrul; Quah, Evan; Muin, Mohd Abdul; Savage, Anna E.; Grismer, Jesse L.; Ahmad, Norhayati; Remigio, Ana Caroline; Greer, Lee F.

In: Zootaxa, No. 2576, 25.08.2010, p. 59-68.

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Onn, CK, Grismer, LL, Anuar, S, Quah, E, Muin, MA, Savage, AE, Grismer, JL, Ahmad, N, Remigio, AC & Greer, LF 2010, 'A new endemic rock Gecko Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Gunung Jerai, Kedah, northwestern Peninsular Malaysia', Zootaxa, no. 2576, pp. 59-68.
Onn CK, Grismer LL, Anuar S, Quah E, Muin MA, Savage AE et al. A new endemic rock Gecko Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Gunung Jerai, Kedah, northwestern Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa. 2010 Aug 25;(2576):59-68.
Onn, Chan Kin ; Grismer, L. Lee ; Anuar, Shahrul ; Quah, Evan ; Muin, Mohd Abdul ; Savage, Anna E. ; Grismer, Jesse L. ; Ahmad, Norhayati ; Remigio, Ana Caroline ; Greer, Lee F. / A new endemic rock Gecko Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata : Gekkonidae) from Gunung Jerai, Kedah, northwestern Peninsular Malaysia. In: Zootaxa. 2010 ; No. 2576. pp. 59-68.
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