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Rhacodactylus leachianus (CUVIER, 1829)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesRhacodactylus leachianus aubrianus BOCAGE 1873 [see comment]
Rhacodactylus leachianus henkeli SEIPP & OBST 1994 [see comment]
Rhacodactylus leachianus leachianus (CUVIER 1829) 
Common NamesNew Caledonia Giant Gecko 
SynonymA[scalabotes] leachianus CUVIER 1829
Pteroplura (Gecko) Leachianus - GRAY 1831 (in GRIFFITH & PIDGEON)
Ascalabotes leachianus - GRIFFITH & PIDGEON 1831
Lomatodactylus (Platydactylus) Leachianus - VAN DER HOEVEN 1833
Gecko leachii SCHINZ 1834
Platydactylus Leachianus - WIEGMANN 1834
Platydactylus leachianus - DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 315
Hoplodactylus (Rhacodactylus) leachianus - FITZINGER 1843
Rhacodactylus Leachianus - BOCAGE 1873
Rhacodactylus Aubrianus BOCAGE 1873 (fide ROUX 1913)
Rhacodactylus Aubryanus BOCAGE 1881
Rhacodactylus leachianus - BOULENGER 1883
Rhacodactylus aubryanus - BOULENGER 1883: 125
Rhacodactylus leachianus - BOULENGER 1885: 176
Rhacodactylus aubryanus - BOULENGER 1885: 177
Rhacodactylus leachianus aubryanus - ROUX 1913
Rhacodactylus leachianus — MERTENS 1964: 49
Rhacodactylus leachianus leachianus - KLUGE 1967
Rhacodactylus leachianus — KLUGE 1993
Rhacodactylus leachianus — RÖSLER 2000: 108
Rhacodactylus leachianus — BAUER et al. 2012

Rhacodactylus leachianus henkeli SEIPP & OBST 1994
Rhacodactylus leachianus henkeli — SCHÖNECKER & SCHÖNECKER 2009 
DistributionNew Caledonia; Isle of Pine; Belep Isles (?)

henkeli: restricted to the Ile des Pins south off New Caledonia

Type locality: not given (fide WERMUTH 1965). Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN 702, 1483, 4210, 6687
Holotype: SMF 75976 [henkeli]
Holotype: MHNG 769.94, MLI* (lost) [aubrianus] 
CommentThe only known specimen of Rhacodactylus leachianus aubrianus were destroyed in 1975. The description of Bocage (1873) is inadequate to assess the potential validity of this taxon. The validity of henkeli has been questioned by SEIPP (1996; thesis) and GOOD et al. (1997).

Type species: Ascalabotes leachianus Cuvier, 1829 is the type species of the genus Rhacodactylus Fitzinger, 1843.

Size: This is the largest gecko species, reaching 255 mm snout-vent length (total length: 400 mm).

Abundance: Widespread but not very common.

Variation: This is a fairly variable species. See Cemelli 2015 and Cemelli & Fast 2015 for a series of photographs that illustrate color variation. 
References
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