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Dierogekko inexpectatus BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER, 2006

IUCN Red List - Dierogekko inexpectatus - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesKey New Caledonian Gecko 
SynonymDierogekko inexpectatus BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER 2006
Dierogekko inexpectatus — SKIPWITH et al. 2014 
DistributionNew 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). Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN 2004.0025 (formerly AMS R 161222): Adult female; collected by A.H. Whitaker and V.A. Whitaker 15 October 2001. 
CommentDIAGNOSIS.—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.

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. 
EtymologyETYMOLOGY.—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. 
References
  • Barts, M. 2007. Eine neue Gattung und sieben neue Arten der neukaledonischen Geckofauna. Reptilia (Münster) 12 (65): 4-5 - get paper here
  • Bauer, Aaron M. Jackman, Todd. Sadlier, Ross A. Whitaker, Anthony H. 2006. A revision of the Bavayia validiclavis group (Squamata: Gekkota: Diplodactylidae), a clade of New Caledonian geckos exhibiting microendemism. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 57 (12-24):503-547.
  • SKIPWITH, Phillip; Todd JACKMAN, Anthony H. WHITAKER, Aaron M. BAUER & Ross A. SADLIER 2014. New data on Dierogekko (Squamata: Gekkota: Diplodactylidae), with the description of a new species from Ile Baaba, Province Nord, New Caledonia. Memoires du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 206: 13-30. - get paper here
 
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