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Lepidodactylus tepukapili ZUG, WATLING, ALEFAIO, ALEFAIO & LUDESCHER, 2003

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLepidodactylus tepukapili ZUG et al. 2003 
DistributionPolynesia (Tuvalu)

Type locality: Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu Island, Polynesia (8° 34’ S, 179° 04’ E). Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: USNM 531713-16 
CommentMember of Lepidodactylus group II, most similar to L. gardineri. 
EtymologyNamed after the words for “small lizard” in the local Tuvaluan language and Tepuka island where the first specimens were discovered. 
References
  • Ineich, I. 2008. A new arboreal Lepidodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu: from egg to holotype. Zootaxa 1918: 26–38 - get paper here
  • Zug, G. R.; Watling, D.; Alefaio, T.; Alefaio, S.; Ludescher, C. 2003. A new gecko (Reptilia: Squamata: Genus Lepidodactylus) from Tuvalu, South-central Pacific. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 116 (1): 38-46 - get paper here
 
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