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Bavayia goroensis BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER, SHEA & WHITAKER, 2008

IUCN Red List - Bavayia goroensis - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymBavayia goroensis BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER, SHEA & WHITAKER 2008
Bavayia goroensis — BAUER et al. 2012 
DistributionSE New Caledonia (Plaine des Lacs region of the Province Sud)

Type locality: Plaine des Lacs, route de la Wajana, 22° 16’ 26’’ S, 166° 57’ 43’’ E.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN 2004.0027 (formerly AMS R166017), collected by R. Sadlier and G. Shea, 11 December
2003. Paratypes: AMS 
CommentBavayia goroensis is the smallest member of the Bavayia cyclura clade (49 mm snout-vent length) and, based on a molecular phylogeny, is basal within this group. It differs from other members of this group in its much smaller size, more gracile body, and lower number of precloacal pores and subdigital lamellae. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet goroensis refers to the Goro nickel mine site in the southeastern Grande Terre of New Caledonia, the area from which the type specimens were collected. 
  • Bauer, A.M.; Todd R. Jackman, Ross A. Sadlier, Glenn Shea, and Anthony H. Whitaker 2008. A New Small-Bodied Species of Bavayia (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from Southeastern New Caledonia. Pacific Science 62 (2): 247-256
  • BAUER, AARON M.; TODD R. JACKMAN, ROSS A. SADLIER & ANTHONY H. WHITAKER 2012. Revision of the giant geckos of New Caledonia (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae: Rhacodactylus). Zootaxa 3404: 1–52 - get paper here
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