Dierogekko insularis BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER, 2006
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Dierogekko insularis?
|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Key New Caledonian Gecko|
|Synonym||Dierogekko insularis BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER 2006|
Dierogekko insularis — SKIPWITH et al. 2016
|Distribution||New Caledonia (Province Nord, Îles Belep)|
Type locality: New Caledonia, Province Nord, Îles Belep, Île Art, Wênè Côgat, northern plateau, 2 km E Waala, 19°42′52.7′′S, 163°39′37.6′′E (elevation 240 m).
|Types||Holotype: MNHN-RA 2004.0020 (formerly AMS R 161069): Adult male; collected by A.H. Whitaker and V.A. Whitaker 23 May 2002.|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS.—Dierogekko insularis can be distinguished from all congeners on the basis of the following combination of characters: size intermediate (to 41.4 mm SVL), 1–2 internasal scales; distal subdigital lamellae divided; male preanal pores in one or two rows (anterior row 9–12, posterior row, when present, 1–8). Midvertebral region darker than remainder of dorsum, dark longitudinal borders of dorsal pale region well developed, beige stripes reduced to a series of spots.|
|Comment||CONSERVATIONSTATUS.—Dierogekko insularisis abundant in both closed forest and maquis habitats on the Îles Belep, occurring in groups of up to eight on single shrubs, but these the vegetation types are at risk from the relatively frequent wild fires. The species is regarded as Endangered by BAUER et al. (2006).|
|Etymology||ETYMOLOGY.—The specific epithet insularis refers to the fact that this species is known only from islands in the far north of New Caledonia. These include Île Art and Île Pott in the Îles Belep, the northernmost ultramafic outliers of New Caledonia, and Île Yandé, NNW of Poum.|