Cyrtodactylus tripartitus KRAUS, 2008
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus tripartitus?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus tripartitus KRAUS 2008|
Cyrtodactylus tripartitus — TALLOWIN et al. 2018
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea (Misima Island, Milne Bay Province), elevation 0-440 m.|
Type locality: E slope Oya Tau, 10.6548913ºS, 152.6382783ºE, 320 m elevation, Misima Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.
|Types||Holotype: BPBM 16864 (field tag FK 7122), mature male, collected by F. Kraus, 16 January 2003. |
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A large (127–148 mm) species of Cyrtodactylus having a single row of enlarged subcaudal scales; enlarged dorsal tubercles raised, keeled, ~4–5 times size of adjacent granules (Fig. 2F), in 25–28 rows; lateral tubercles distinct, ~4 times size of adjacent granules and larger than scales of lateral skin fold, which lack tubercles; 47–55 midbelly scale rows; precloacal/femoral pores 64–78, in three discrete patches; lamellae under fourth toe 26–31; head moderately wide (HW/HL = 0.68–0.75, mean 0.71); five dark dorsal bands between head and hindlimb insertion, of more-or-less even width, margined in black, with 6–7 tubercles sagitally through 3rd dark band; dark spots absent from light dorsal ground color; mouth and cloacal linings pink; and posterior supralabials dirty white.|
|Comment||Sympatry: syntopic with Gehyra oceanica, Gekko vittatus, Lepidodactylus lugubris, and at least one species of Nactus.|
Ecology: at night on tree trunks, frequently adjacent to streams.
|Etymology||The trivial epithet is a Latin masculine adjective meaning “divided in three parts” and refers to the characteristic arrangement of the precloacal/femoral pores, which is an unusual trait in this species complex.|