Dierogekko kaalaensis BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER, 2006
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|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Key New Caledonian Gecko|
|Synonym||Dierogekko kaalaensis BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER 2006|
Dierogekko kaalaensis — SKIPWITH et al. 2016
|Distribution||New Caledonia (Province Nord, Kaala massif)|
Type locality: New Caledonia, Province Nord, Kaala massif, headwaters of Oué Injob, 6 km N Kaala-Gomen, 20°37′03.2′′S, 164°22′49.0′′E (elevation 900 m).
|Types||Holotype: MNHN 2004.0017 (formerly AMS R 161096): Adult male; collected by A.H. Whitaker and V.A. Whitaker, 2 June 2002.|
|Comment||CONSERVATION STATUS.—Dierogekko kaalaensisis known only from three localities on the Kaala massif. The area supports introduced Rattus species, cats, deer and pigs and has been heavily exploited by mining. Two mines on the summit of the massif are still active and there are current plans to re-open one of the old mines on the western slopes. In addition, recent wildfires have severely affected the western slopes of Kaala. As this species is at potential risk from several threats in its restricted range, we regard it as Critically Endangered.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||ETYMOLOGY.—The specific epithet kaalaensis is derived from the Kaala massif, the ultramafic mountain (1079 m maximum elevation) to which this species appears restricted.|
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