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Cyrtodactylus tripartitus KRAUS, 2008

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus tripartitus KRAUS 2008
Cyrtodactylus tripartitus — TALLOWIN et al. 2018 
DistributionPapua 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.  
TypesHolotype: BPBM 16864 (field tag FK 7122), mature male, collected by F. Kraus, 16 January 2003.
DiagnosisDiagnosis. 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.
CommentSympatry: 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. 
EtymologyThe 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. 
  • Kraus, Fred 2008. Taxonomic partitioning of Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) from Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa 1883: 1–27 - get paper here
  • Tallowin, O. J. S., Tamar, K., Meiri, S., Allison, A., Kraus, F., Richards, S. J., & Oliver, P. M. 2018. Early insularity and subsequent mountain uplift were complementary drivers of diversification in a Melanesian lizard radiation (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 125: 29–39 - get paper here
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