A new species of Dravidogecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the under-surveyed Periyar Plateau of the Southern Western Ghats in Peninsular India

  • Omkar Dilip Adhikari Natural History Collections Department, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Hornbill House, Opp. Lion Gate, S.B.S. Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400001, India https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2921-5593
  • Achyuthan N. Srikanthan Department of Biology, 950 Main St, Worcester, MA 01610, USA
  • S.R. Ganesh Chennai Snake Park, Rajbhavan post, Chennai 600 022, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: allopatry, endemism, gecko, Periyar Plateau, wet zone


We describe a new species of Dravidogecko from the poorly-inventoried Periyar Plateau of Southern Western Ghats, Peninsular India. The new species Dravidogecko beddomei sp. nov. is characterized by: precloacal-femoral pores 46‒52; scales across belly 31‒33; supralabials 9–11; infralabials 8–9; lamellae on digit IV of pes 10–11. Additionally, the new species is divergent (>13%) from its related congeners. Like its congeners, the new species is currently known only from its type locality and its vicinity – the Devar Malai, Kakki Reservoir – and Sivagiri Hills in the Periyar Plateau of Southern Western Ghats. This discovery further increases the list of new reptiles described from this under-studied massif in the Southern Western Ghats.


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How to Cite
Adhikari, O. D., Srikanthan, A. N., & Ganesh, S. (2023). A new species of Dravidogecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the under-surveyed Periyar Plateau of the Southern Western Ghats in Peninsular India. European Journal of Taxonomy, 870(1), 146–166. https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2023.870.2125
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