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Bavayia cyclura (GÜNTHER, 1872)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Gunther's New Caledonian Gecko 
SynonymPlatydactylus pacificus BAVAY 1869
Peripia cyclura GÜNTHER 1872
Lepidodactylus neocaledonicus BOCAGE 1873
Hemidactylus (Peripia) Bavayi SAUVAGE 1879: 71
Hemidactylus (Peripia) cyclura — SAUVAGE 1879: 72
Gecko (Lepidodactylus) neo-caledonicus — SCHMELZ 1877
Gecko neocaledonicus — MÜLLER 1880: 125
Lepidodactylus cyclurus — BOULENGER 1883: 121
Lepidodactylus cyclurus — BOULENGER 1885: 167
Bavayia cyclura — ROUX 1913
Bavayia cyclura — RÖSLER 2000: 60
Bavayia cyclura — BAUER et al. 2012 
DistributionNew Caledonia, Loyalty Islands

Type locality: New Caledonia  
TypesLectotype: BMNH, collected J. Brenchley, Designated by Wright et al. (2000). Syntypes originally BMNH, BMNH (A-C), which are catalogued as Types of Lepidodactylus cyclurus. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus). Bavayia may be distinguished from all other New Caledonian diplodactylid geckos by the following combination of character states: body size small to moderate (47–86 mm SVL); head small to large; tail 85–112% of SVL; dorsal scalation granular, homogeneous; body without extensive skin webs or flaps; expanded subdigital lamellae under all toes; lamellae under digits II–V divided, at least distally; claw of digit I of manus and pes in a groove in the apical lamella between a larger medial scansor and a smaller lateral scansor or lateral to an unpaired apical scansor; precloacal pores in one or two rows in males, not extending onto thighs (7–40 pores in total); dorsal color pattern brown usually with chevrons or transverse bands or blotches (except in B. pulchella and B. septuiclavis, in which longitudinal stripes or series of small dots may be present or which may be virtually patternless); venter cream, grayish, or yellow (BAUER et al. 2012). 
CommentCommon and fairly widespread. Superficially very similar to the species B. crassicollis.

Type species: Peripia cyclura Günther, 1872 is the type species of the genus Bavayia ROUX 1913. Remarks. See Bauer and Henle (1994) and Bauer and Sadlier (2000) for detailed information on members of this genus. 
  • 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 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Bauer, Aaron M.;Sadlier, Roass A. 1994. The terrestrial herpetofauna of the Ile des Pins, New Caledonia. Pacific Science 48 (4): 353-366
  • 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.
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1883. On the geckos of New Caledonia. 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
  • DUVAL, Thomas; Stéphane ASTRONGATT & Mickaël SANCHEZ 2019. Inventaire herpétologique de la forêt de Povila (province Nord, Nouvelle-Calédonie), avec une comparaison des protocoles de détection. Bull. Soc. Herp. Fr. 171: 13-36
  • Günther, A. 1872. On some new species of reptiles and fishes collected by J. Brenchley, Esq. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) 10 (60): 418-426. - get paper here
  • Ineich I 2009. Bocourt’s Terrific Skink, Phoboscincus bocourti Brocchi, 1876 (Squamata, Scincidae, Lygosominae), in GraNdCoLaS P. (ed.), Zoologia Neocaledonica 7. Biodiversity studies in New Caledonia. Mémoires du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle 198: 149-174. Paris, ISBN: <br />978-2-85653-618-6.
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Sadlier R A. Bauer A M. 1997. The terrestrial herpetofauna of the Loyalty Islands. Pacific Science 51 (1): 76-90.
  • Sauvage, H. E. 1879. Note sur les geckotiens de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Bull. Soc. philom. Paris (7) 3: 63—73 - get paper here
  • Watkins-Colwell, Gregory J. 2002. Gecko Hunting in New Caledonia. Gekko 3 (2): 2-8
  • Wright,J.L., Bauer, A.M. & Sadlier, R.A. 2000. Two new gecko species allied to Bavayia sauvagii and Bavayia cyclura (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae) from New Caledonia. Pacific Science 54: 39-55
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