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Cyrtodactylus epiroticus KRAUS, 2008

IUCN Red List - Cyrtodactylus epiroticus - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus epiroticus KRAUS 2008
Cyrtodactylus epiroticus — TALLOWIN et al. 2018 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (throughout the eastern margin of New Guinea from the Sarawaget Mts. of Morobe Province south through the Owen Stanley Mts. of the Papuan Peninsula to Milne Bay Province; D'Entrecasteaux Islands)

Type locality: 9.7 km NW summit Mt. Shungol, 6.79065ºS, 146.66535ºE, 320 m, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.  
TypesHolotype: BPBM 18653 (field tag FK 8294), mature male, collected by F. Kraus, 15 October 2003. 
CommentEcology. KRAUS (2008) found animals at night on the trunks of large trees and on saplings in primary or advanced secondary forest.

Sympatry: syntopic with Cyrtodactylus novaeguineae (Schlegel), Gekko vittatus, at least one undetermined species of Nactus, and N. vankampeni. 
EtymologyThe trivial epithet is a Greek masculine adjective meaning “continental” or “from the mainland” in reference to its distribution on the main island of New Guinea. 
  • Kraus, Fred 2008. Taxonomic partitioning of Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) from Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa 1883: 1–27 - get paper here
  • Tallowin, O. J. S., Tamar, K., Meiri, S., Allison, A., Kraus, F., Richards, S. J., & Oliver, P. M. 2018. Early insularity and subsequent mountain uplift were complementary drivers of diversification in a Melanesian lizard radiation (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 125, 29–39 - get paper here
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