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Correlophus belepensis BAUER, WHITAKER, SADLIER & JACKMAN, 2012

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCorrelophus belepensis BAUER, WHITAKER, SADLIER & JACKMAN 2012 
DistributionNew Caledonia (Îles Belep)

Type locality: New Caledonia, Province Nord, Îles Belep, Île Art, 2 km E Waala, Wênè Côgat, 19°42'46.9" S, 163°39'37.7" E, 230 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 2011.1100 (formerly AMS 161281), adult male (Figs. 12–15). Collected 23 May 2002 by A.H. Whitaker and V.A. Whitaker. Paratypes. AMS R161282–283, CAS 250865 (formerly AMS R161284) (Fig. 15). Data as for holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Correlophus belepensis sp. nov. is a large (to 100 mm SVL) diplodactylid. It differs from C. sarasinorum in possessing a prominent crest of spinose scales extending from behind the orbit to the shoulder region. It is most similar to its sister taxon C. ciliatus, but may be distinguished from it by its homogeneous dorsolateral trunk scalation (Figs. 12, 13A in BAUER et al. 2012) (versus a raised and enlarged series of scales extending posteriorly from the end of the spinose crest, Fig. 10), and (in three of the four types) its possession of a series of small whitish tubercles on the lower back and/or tail base (Figs. 12, 13A, 14A, 15) (absent in C. ciliatus). 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet refers to the Îles Belep, to which this species is apparently restricted. 
  • 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
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