Dierogekko inexpectatus BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER, 2006
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Dierogekko inexpectatus?
|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Key New Caledonian Gecko|
|Synonym||Dierogekko inexpectatus BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER 2006|
Dierogekko inexpectatus — SKIPWITH et al. 2014
|Distribution||New Caledonia (Province Nord, Sommet Poum)|
Type locality: New Caledonia, Province Nord, Sommet Poum, Paevala, 2 km S Poum, 20°15′05.6′′S, 164°01′22.4′′E (elevation 320 m).
|Types||Holotype: MNHN 2004.0025 (formerly AMS R 161222): Adult female; collected by A.H. Whitaker and V.A. Whitaker 15 October 2001.|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS.—Dierogekko inexpectatus can be distinguished from all congeners on the basis of the following combination of characters: size relatively small (39.5 mm in unique type), three internasal scales; distal subdigital lamellae divided; [male preanal pore condition unknown]. Cream stripes uniform on dorsum, becoming wider on tail base; small cream spots on area between forelimb insertion and loreals.|
|Comment||CONSERVATIONSTATUS.—As only a single individual of this species was collected, BAUER et al. (2006) regard D. inexpectatus as Critically Endangered, but further data are required to assess the real threats to its survival.|
On Sommet Poum D. poumensis, D. inexpectatus occur in sympatry.
Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||ETYMOLOGY.—The species name inexpectatus means unexpected and refers to the occurrence of this second species of Dierogekko from the small, relatively low elevation Poum Massif. When originally discovered it was not recognized as being distinct from the smaller D. poumensis.|