Gehyra rohan OLIVER, CLEGG, FISHER, RICHARDS, TAYLOR & JOCQUE, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gehyra rohan?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Gehyra rohan OLIVER, CLEGG, FISHER, RICHARDS, TAYLOR & JOCQUE 2016|
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea (Manus Island, Los Negros Island, Mussau Island)|
Type locality: near Lorengau, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (2.0388S, 147.2371E)
|Types||Holotype. RBINS 2684 (Field No. PNG14-88), adult male, collected 3 December 2014 by J. R. Clegg, P. N.Taylor and M. M. T. Jocque.|
Paratypes. AMS R129497–129498, adult females, Lombrum, Los Negros Island, Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea (2.01S, 147. 42E), collected 15 December 1951 by N. C. Goddard; CAS 252881, adult female, south bank of Lorengau River, 2.5 km southwest of Lorengau, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (2.0415S, 147.2594E), collected 30 May 2010 by R. Fisher; PNGNM 25220 (PNG14-158), adult female, Yiringou Village, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (2.0833S, 147.1167E), collected 9 December 2014 by J. R. Clegg, P. N. Taylor and M. M. T. Jocque); RBINS 2685 (PNG14-157), adult male, Yiringou Village, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (2.0833S, 147.1167E), collected 9 December 2014 by J. R. Clegg, P. N. Taylor and M. M. T. Jocque; SAMA R69881 (SJR15105), adult male, near Nae, Mussau Island, Papua New Guinea (1.524S, 149.739E), collected 18 October 2015 by K. Aplin.
|Comment||Habitat: largely arboreal; generally found in primary or disturbed lowland tropical rainforest on the trunks of large trees. It is also found on around human habitation in forested areas. Two specimens were found on wooden beams below houses. The holotype was found running across a road in forest at night. The specimen from Mussau was found in a cave in disturbed forest close to the coast.|
|Etymology||Rohan is the Sohoniliu Village (Nali language) ‘tok ples’ (local language) name for this gecko. The community of Sohoniliu Village requested that this name be used for the formal description of this species, and we thank them for their support of this work.|