Gekko crombota BROWN, OLIVEROS, SILER & DIESMOS, 2008
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Babuyan Claro Gecko|
|Synonym||Gekko crombota BROWN, OLIVEROS, SILER & DIESMOS 2006|
|Distribution||Philippines (Babuyan Island)|
Type locality: on the buttress of a large dipterocarp tree at an area known locally as ‘‘Asked,’’ Barangay Babuyan Claro, Municipality of Calayan, Cagayan Province, W coast of Babuyan Claro Island, Philippines (19.5041° N, 121.9120° E; 20 m elevation).
|Types||Holotype: PNM 9280, an adult male collected at night (2125 h on 13 March 2005) by Rafe Brown.|
|Comment||From the abstract: Gekko crombota “differs from other Philippine Gekko by characteristics of external morphology, color pattern, and body size. The new species has been found low on trunks and buttresses of mature closed-canopy climax forest trees at low elevation near the island's coast. It is known from only Babuyan Claro Island and is likely endemic to this single small, isolated landmass.”|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||Etymology.—The specific epithet crombota is a group of letters derived from the names Crombie and Ota, and treated as a noun in apposition. We employ the amalgam crombota to jointly honor Ronald Crombie and Hidetoshi Ota in recognition of their collaborative survey efforts in the Babuyan Islands (Ota and Crombie, 1989; Ota and Ross, 1994) and their continued work on the gekkonid fauna of this archipelago.|
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