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Dierogekko poumensis BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER, 2006

IUCN Red List - Dierogekko poumensis - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesKey New Caledonian Gecko 
SynonymDierogekko poumensis BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER 2006
Dierogekko poumensis — SKIPWITH et al. 2016 
DistributionNew Caledonia (Province Nord, Sommet Poum)

Type locality: New Caledonia, Province Nord, Sommet Poum, vicinity telecommunications tower, Poum, 20°14′19′′S, 164°01′56′′E (elevation 200 m). Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN 2004.0021: Adult male; collected by A.M. Bauer, R.A. Sadlier, T. Jackman, S.A. Smith and G. Watkins-Colwell, 25 January 2003. 
CommentDIAGNOSIS.—Dierogekko poumensis can be distinguished from all congeners on the basis of the following combination of characters: size small (to 38.3 mm SVL), 1 internasal scale; distal subdigital scansors typically undivided or incompletely divided; male preanal pores in a single row of 8–11. Crown of head mottled with beige spots, middorsal pale area bisected by irregular pale to mid-brown streak; cream and dark brown borders of dorsal pale region well demarcated; cream lines become bright white on sacrum or pygal portion of tail; original and regenerated tails typically with irregular yellowish to rusty orange background wash.

CONSERVATION STATUS. Dierogekko poumensis is extremely common at its type locality and occurs in lesser abundance at other sites on the massif. However, the total area of Sommet Poum is small and populations of D. poumensisare patchy. Given the highly restricted known range of this species and serious threats to its habitat, BAUER et al. (2006) regard it as Critically Endangered. 
EtymologyETYMOLOGY.—The specific epithet poumensis refers to the occurrence of this species on Sommet Poum, the northernmost of the northwest ultramafic peaks of the Grande Terre. It is roughly sympatric with D. inexpectatus. 
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.
  • SCHÖNECKER, Patrick & Christian LANGNER 2012. Neue Namen und alte Bekannte – Gattungsrevision der Neukaledonischen Riesengeckos (Rhacodactylus) und weiterer Geckogattungen Neukaledoniens. Terraria-Elaphe 2012 (6): 58-65 - get paper here
  • 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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