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Rhacodactylus auriculatus (BAVAY, 1869)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: New Caledonia Bumpy Gecko
G: Höckerkopfgecko 
SynonymPlatydactylus auriculatus BAVAY 1869: 6
Ceratolophus hexaceros BOCAGE 1873 (fide ROUX 1913)
Platydactylus (Ceratolophus) auriculatus — SAUVAGE 1879: 67
Rhacodactylus auriculatus — BOULENGER 1883
Rhacodactylus auriculatus — BOULENGER 1885: 179
Rhacodactylus auriculatus — ROUX 1913
Rhacodactylus auriculatus — BRONGERSMA 1934: 166
Gecko ceratolophus BORING et al. 1949
Rhacodactylus auriculatus — MERTENS 1964: 54
Ceratophus auriculatus — MUFTI & HAFIZ 1972
Phacodactylus auriculatus — RÖSLER 1990
Rhacodactylus auriculatus — KLUGE 1993
Rhacodactylus auriculatus — RÖSLER 1995: 77
Rhacodactylus auriculatus — BAUER et al. 2012 
DistributionS New Caledonia

Type locality: Mont d’Or, New Caledonia.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 5305 and MNHN-RA 5305A (2 syntypes) 
Diagnosis 
CommentHighly variable species. Common and fairly widespread.

Diet: lizards, among other things 
Etymology 
References
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  • Bach, S. 2004. Haltung und Nachzucht des Höckerkopfgeckos, Rhacodactylus auriculatus BAVAY 1869. Draco 5 (18): 82-87 - get paper here
  • 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. & Sadlier,R.A. 1993. Systematics, biogeography and conservation of the lizards of New Caledonia. Biodiv. Lett. 1: 107-122
  • Bauer, A.M., and Sadlier, R.A. 2001. New data on the distribution, status, and biology of the giant New Caledonian geckos (Squamata: Diplodactylidae: Rhacodactylus spp.). Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 2 (1): 24-29 [2000] - get paper here
  • Bauer, Aaron M. 1995. Geckos of the genus Rhacodactylus. Reptiles 3 (7): 32-49
  • 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
  • Bavay,A. 1869. Catalogue des Reptiles de las Nouvelle - Caledonie et description d'especes nouvelles. Memoires Societe Linniene de Normandie 15: 1-37
  • Bocage, J. V. Barboza du. 1873. Mélanges erpétologiques. l. Note sur quelques geckotiens nouveaux ou peu connus de la Nouvelle Calédonie. Jornal de Sciencias Mathematicas, Physicas e Naturaes, Lisboa, 4: 201—207.
  • Böhme, W. & Henkel, F. W. 1985. Zur Kenntnis der Herpetofauna Neukaledoniens, speziell der Gattung Rhacodactylus. Herpetofauna 7 (34): 23-29 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1883. On the geckos of New Calendonia. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1883: 116—130. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Brongersma,L.D. 1934. Contributions to Indo-Australian herpetology. Zoologische Mededelingen 17: 161-251 - get paper here
  • Frank, Sebastian 2018. Haltung und Nachzucht von Bavayia septuiclavis – und die europäische Erstnachtzucht von Bavayia exsuccida. Terraria-Elaphe 2018 (1): 28-35 [2017] - get paper here
  • Good, D. A., A. M. Bauer & Sadlier, R.A. 1997. Allozyme evidence for the phylogeny of giant New Caledonian geckos (Squamata: Diplodactylidae: Rhacodactylus), with comments on the status of R. leachianus henkeli. Australian Journal of Zoology 45: 317-330 - get paper here
  • Grabar, Rachel D.; Casey A. Gilman, and Duncan J. Irschick 2016. Effects of Surface Diameter on Jumping Kinematics and Performance in Two Arboreal Gecko Species (Correlophus ciliatus and Rhacodactylus auriculatus). Herpetologica 72 (1): 32-39.
  • Henkel, Friedrich Wilhelm 2008. Beobachtungen an Neukaledonischen Riesengeckos in der Natur. Draco 9 (36): 14-22 - get paper here
  • Henkel,F.W. 1986. Bemerkungen über einige Rhacodactylus-Arten. Herpetofauna 8 (42): 6-8 - get paper here
  • Holfert, T. 2002. Drei Jungtiere aus zwei Eiern - Zwillinge bei Rhacodactylus auriculatus (BAVAY 1869). Elaphe 10 (4): 29-30
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  • Sameit, J. 1986. Rhacodactylus auriculatus (BAVAY, 1869). Sauria 8 (2) Suppl.: 043–044 - get paper here
  • Sauvage, H. E. 1879. Note sur les geckotiens de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Bull. Soc. philom. Paris (7) 3: 63—73 - get paper here
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  • Schönecker, Patrick & Stefanie Schönecker 2008. Die Gattung Rhacodactylus. Draco 9 (36): 4-13 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Snyder, J., L. Snyder & A. M. Bauer 2010. Ecological observations on the Gargoyle Gecko, Rhacodactylus auriculatus (Bavay, 1869), in southern New Caledonia. Salamandra 46 (1): 37-47 - get paper here
  • Vences M, Henkel FW & Seipp,R 2001. Molekulare Untersuchungen zur Phylogenie und Taxonomie der Neukaledonischen Geckos der Gattung Rhacodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Salamandra 37 (2): 73-82 - get paper here
  • Volta, K.-U. 2013. Der Höckerkopfgecko Rhacodactylus auriculatus – ein farbenprächtiger Vertreter der Neukaledonischen Riesengeckos. Reptilia (Münster) 18 (103): 50-58 - get paper here
  • Wirth, Michael & Dennis Peukert 2008. Zur Haltung und Nachzucht des Höckerkopfgeckos, Rhacodactylus auriculatus. Draco 9 (36): 55-63 - get paper here
 
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