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Cyrtodactylus arcanus OLIVER, RICHARDS & SISTROM, 2012

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus arcanus OLIVER, RICHARDS & SISTROM 2012
Cyrtodactylus aenigma OLIVER, RICHARDS & SISTROM 2012 (nom. nud.) 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Madang)

Type locality: Papua New Guinea, Madang Province, ca. 23 km SE Bundi (05°47’ S, 145°16’ E), brought in by local collectors from around a village referred to as ‘Dagbaru’, exact locality unknown.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: AMS R124559, f, 29 April 1987, preserved and photographed by T. Reardon. Tissue frozen and stored at the South Australian Museum.
Paratype. AMS R124560, adult female with same collec- tion information as holotype. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyLatin ‘arcanus’, secret or mysterious, in reference to the paucity of information about this species, specifically the imprecise type locality, and absence of both habitat data and male specimens. The name “aenigma” was meant to be a manuscript name only that slipped through the editing process and remained for C. arcanus in Table 2 (Paul Oliver, pers. comm., 30 Sep 2012). 
References
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Oliver, Paul M.; Stephen J. Richards, Mark Sistrom 2012. Phylogeny and systematics of Melanesia’s most diverse gecko lineage (Cyrtodactylus, Gekkonidae, Squamata). Zoologica Scripta 41: 437–454 - get paper here
 
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