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Dierogekko insularis BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER, 2006

IUCN Red List - Dierogekko insularis - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesKey New Caledonian Gecko 
SynonymDierogekko insularis BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER 2006
Dierogekko insularis — SKIPWITH et al. 2016 
DistributionNew 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). Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN 2004.0020 (formerly AMS R 161069): Adult male; collected by A.H. Whitaker and V.A. Whitaker 23 May 2002. 
CommentDIAGNOSIS.—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.

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). 
EtymologyETYMOLOGY.—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. 
References
  • 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 L.; Aaron M. Bauer, Todd R. Jackman and Ross A. Sadlier 2016. Old but not ancient: coalescent species tree of New Caledonian geckos reveals recent post-inundation diversification Journal of Biogeography, DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12719 - get paper here
  • 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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