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Bavayia nubila BAUER, SADLIER, JACKMAN & SHEA, 2012

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymBavayia nubila BAUER, SADLIER, JACKMAN & SHEA 2012 
DistributionS New Caledonia (Province Sud: Mt Vulcain, Mt Ouin, Mt. Dzumac)

Type locality: Mt. Ouin, south face, 22° 00′ 51′′ S, 166° 27′ 39′′ E, 856 m elevation  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 2004.0028 (formerly AMS R148020), adult male, collected by R. Sadlier and G. Shea, 26 September 1995. Paratypes: AMS R165780, adult female, Mt. Ouin, 22° 01’ 33’’ S, 166° 28’ 32’’ E, 889 m elevation, collected by R. Sadlier and G. Shea, 26 December 2003; AMS R165816, adult female, Mt. Dzumac, 1 km south of Ouinne River Track, 22° 02’ 15’’ S, 166° 27’ 47’’ E, 943 mm elevation, collected by R. Sadlier and G. Shea, 26 December 2003. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Bavayia nubila is a medium- sized (at least 67.3 mm SVL for the adult male holotype), robust-bodied member of its genus (Figure 1). It may be distinguished from the superficially Bavayia-like Oedodera marmorata Bauer, Jackman, Sadlier & Whitaker in pos- sessing divided distal subdigital lamellae and in lacking a swollen neck and medial apical scansors on digit II of the pes (Figure 2), and from Dierogekko in its much larger size (SVL < 45 mm in Dierogekko), broader digital pads, and dorsal pattern of pale blotches or trans- verse markings (versus longitudinally striped or patternless). Among congeners it may be distinguished from B. sauvagii (Boulenger), B. ornata Roux, and B. madjo Bauer, Jones & Sadlier by the position of the claw on digit I between two apical scansors (versus lateral to a single apical scansor), and from B. geitaina Wright, Bauer & Sadlier, B. septuiclavis Sad- lier, B. pulchella Bauer, Whitaker & Sadlier, and B. exsuccida Bauer, Whitaker & Sadlier by its two (versus one) rows of precloacal pores in males (Figure 2). Bavayia nubila is larger than B. goroensis (maximum SVL 47 mm), and smaller than all other members of the B. cyclura group (maximum SVL 67.3 mm versus ≥72 mm). It has a lower number of precloacal pores than those larger species (14 [anterior row]/4 [posterior row] versus 10–18/8–14 in B. crassicollis, 12 – 21/8 – 14 in B. cyclura, 19 – 27/ 6 – 13 in B. montana, 14 – 21/4 – 13 in B. robusta). It is further distinguished from B. montana and B. robusta by having the first infralabials separated from one another by a hexagonal postmental scale (versus in contact behind the mental) [from BAUER et al. 2012]. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet nubila is Latin for cloudy, in reference to the large and irregular pale blotches on the dorsal surface of the new species, and in allusion to the omni- present cloud cover over the ranges of the type locality. 
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Ross A. Sadlier, Todd R. Jackman, and Glenn Shea 2012. A New Member of the Bavayia cyclura Species Group (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from the Southern Ranges of New Caledonia. Pacific Science, 66(2):239-247. 2012. - 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
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