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Himalayan Bent-toed Gecko | Cyrtodactylus himalayanus (Duda and Sahi 1978)

Cyrtodactylus himalayanus, Himalayan Bent-toed Gecko

Genus Cyrtopodion is a multifarious group of Asian geckos com­prising of about 37 species at present. The Cyrtopodion himalayanus (Himalayan Bent-toed Gecko) is a species of gecko group found in state of Jammu and Kashmir (District: Doda & Kishtwar of Jammu Division) the northern state of India. The species previously was placed under the genus Cyrtodactylus. 

 


Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata
Class:
Reptilia
Order:
Squamata
Family:
Gekkonidae
Genus:
Cyrtopodion
species:
himalayanus
Binomial name
Cyrtodactylus himalayanus (Duda & Sahi, 1978)

The distinguishing features of species according to Manhas et al., (2018) are as: greyish body with dark brown reticulation; brown head with a distinct streak from nape to snout passing through eye on each side; inverted snout; small nostrils placed dorso-laterally; ten upper-labials; eight lower-labials; snout longer than the distance between the eye and ear opening; ear opening sub-oval; clawed digits; claws embedded between two large shields. The body length of the species reported from the type locality ranged from 115 mm to 140 mm.

Variations in various characteristics of specimens of species 
Cyrtopodion himalayanum as per Manhas et al., (2018)
Characteristics
Range
Full body length
115 mm–136 mm
Snout-vent length
61.89 mm–68.79 mm
Tail length
53.11 mm–67.21 mm
Head width
11.75 mm–14.91 mm
Head length
16.35 mm–21.38 mm
Snout to mouth length
12.13 mm–14.58 mm
Intra-orbital distance
1.86 mm–3.10 mm
Eye diameter
5.22 mm–5.45 mm
Nostril to eye length
5.35 mm–6.16 mm
Ear diameter
1.89 mm–2.80 mm
Nostril to ear length
13.86 mm–15.79 mm
Forearm length
17.80 mm–20.81 mm
Hind arm length
14.97 mm–17.87 mm
Supralabial scales
10/10
Infralabial scales
8/8


Literature Cited: 
Agarwal, I., Khandekar, A., and Aaron, M.B. (2018). A new bent-toed gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus) from the Western Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, India, Zootaxa, 4446 (4): 442–454 - get paper here
Boulenger, G.A. (1890). The Fauna of British India: Rep­tilia and Batrachia. Taylor and Francis, London, Eng­land. 
Duda, P.L., Sahi, D.N. (1978). Cyrtodactylus himalayanus: A new Gekkonid species from Jammu, India. Journal of Herpetology, 12(3): 351–354. 
Himalayan_bent-toed_gecko at Wikipedia retrieved on 08 Feb. 2019 
Kluge, A.G. (1993). Gekkonoid Lizard Taxonomy. International Gecko Society, San Diego, 245pp. 
Krysko, K.L., Rehman, H., and Auffenberg, K. (2007). A new species of Cyrtopodion (Gekkonidae: Gekkoninae) from Pakistan. Herpetologica, 63 (1): 100-113 - get paper here
Manhas, A., Raina, R. and Wanganeo, A. 2018. Range extension of Cyrtopodion himalayanus Duda and Sahi, 1978 (Reptilia: Sauria) in Jammu Province of State Jammu And Kashmir from District Doda, Northern India. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, 12 (1) [General Section]:48-51 (e156). 
Rösler, H. (2000). Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota, 2: 28-153 
Sahi, D.N. (1979). A contribution to the herpetology of Jammu and Kashmir State. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India. 
Smith, M.A. (1935). The Fauna of British India. Volume II. Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London, England. 
Uetz, P., and Hosek, J. (2015). The Reptile Database. Available: http://www.reptile-database.org [Accessed: 6 February 2015].

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