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Cyrtodactylus tripartitus KRAUS, 2008

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus tripartitus KRAUS 2008
Cyrtodactylus tripartitus — TALLOWIN et al. 2018 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Misima Island, Milne Bay Province), elevation 0-440 m.

Type locality: E slope Oya Tau, 10.6548913ºS, 152.6382783ºE, 320 m elevation, Misima Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BPBM 16864 (field tag FK 7122), mature male, collected by F. Kraus, 16 January 2003.
 
CommentSympatry: syntopic with Gehyra oceanica, Gekko vittatus, Lepidodactylus lugubris, and at least one species of Nactus.

Ecology: at night on tree trunks, frequently adjacent to streams. 
EtymologyThe trivial epithet is a Latin masculine adjective meaning “divided in three parts” and refers to the characteristic arrangement of the precloacal/femoral pores, which is an unusual trait in this species complex. 
References
  • 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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