Rediscovery of the Frilled Tail Gecko Hemidactylus platyurus (Schneider, 1792) in Sri Lanka after more than 160 years

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Anslem de Silva
Majintha Madawala
Aaron M. Bauer
Suranjan Karunarathna


Eight species of Hemidactylus are currently recognized in Sri Lanka—frenatus, leschenaultii, scabriceps, parvimaculatus, depressus, hunae, lankae, and pieresii—with the latter four endemic to the island.  A ninth species, Hemidactylus platyurus, was until now only confirmed from Sri Lanka by two specimens sent to the British Museum of Natural History by E.F. Kelaart in 1855.  There was no exact collection locality recorded for these specimens, which are associated simply with the provenance “Ceylon†(now Sri Lanka).  The present communication reports the rediscovery of the gecko H. platyurus and confirms its occurrence in Sri Lanka.

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Suranjan Karunarathna, Nature Explorations and Education Team, No: B-1/G-6, De Soysapura Flats, Moratuwa 10400, Sri Lanka

Suranjan Karunarathna is reading his Mater degree from the University of Colombo. His scientific exploration of biodiversity began with Young Zoologists’ Association of Sri Lanka in early 2000 and former president in 2007. As a field biologist he is conducts research on herpetofaunal ecology, taxonomy, and promot­ing science base conservation awareness of the importance of biodiversity among the Sri Lankan community. Also he is an active member of many specialist groups in the IUCN/SSC, and expert committee member of Herpetofauna in National Red List development programs, Sri Lanka


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