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Paniegekko madjo (BAUER, JONES & SADLIER, 2000)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymBavayia madjo BAUER, JONES & SADLIER 2000
Paniegekko madjo — BAUER et al. 2012 
DistributionNew Caledonia (Mont Panié and Mont Ignambi in the Panié Range, elevation > 900 m).

Type locality: Mt. Ignambi (1100 m elevation), Province Nord, New Caledonia (22° 128 S, 164° 36’ E).  
TypesHolotype: MNHN 1998.0467 
CommentType species: Bavayia madjo BAUER et al. 2000 is the type species of the genus Paniegekko BAUER et al. 2012. 
EtymologyEtymology (genus). The generic name is derived from the Panié massif, the dominant landform of northeastern New Caledonia, and gekko, from the Malay ‘gekoq’, onomatopoeia of the call of the species Gekko gecko and the common name to all limbed gekkotans. A Sri Lankan origin for the word gekko, derived from the Sinhalese word ‘gego’, is also possible (de Silva & Bauer 2008). The name is masculine and should be pronounced “Pa-nē-ā- gekko.” The two known localities for this monotypic genus are Mt. Ignambi and Mt. Panié, both part of the Panié massif.

Etymology (species): Named after the term for a small gecko in Djahoue, a Kanak language spoken in the northeastern ranges of Province Nord where the species occurs. 
  • Bauer, A. M. & SADLIER, R. A. (eds.) 2000. The herpetofauna of New Caledonia. Contributions to Herpetology, 17; Society for Study Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York.
  • Bauer, A.M., Jones, J.P.G. & Sadlier, R.A. 2000. A new high-elevation Bavayia (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae) from northeastern New Caledonia. Pacific Science 54: 63-69
  • BAUER, AARON M.; TODD R. JACKMAN, ROSS A. SADLIER & ANTHONY H. WHITAKER 2012. Revision of the giant geckos of New Caledonia (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae: Rhacodactylus). Zootaxa 3404: 1–52 - get paper here
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