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Dierogekko thomaswhitei BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER, 2006

IUCN Red List - Dierogekko thomaswhitei - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Taom Striped Gecko 
SynonymDierogekko thomaswhitei BAUER, JACKMAN, SADLIER & WHITAKER 2006
Dierogekko thomaswhitei — SKIPWITH et al. 2016 
DistributionNew Caledonia (Province Nord, Mt. Taom)

Type locality: New Caledonia, Province Nord, Massif d’Ouazangou-Taom, Mt. Taom, vicinity Gomen Mine, 20°46′40′′S, 164°34′38′′E (elevation 870 m).  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 2004.0016: Adult male; collected by R.A. Sadlier, T. Jackman and G. Watkins-Colwell, 23 January 2003. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Dierogekko thomaswhitei can be distinguished from all congeners on the basis of the following combination of characters: size relatively large (to 44.9 mm SVL), 1 internasal scale; distal subdigital lamellae divided; male preanal pores in two rows (12–14 in anterior row, 1–5 in posterior row). Narrow beige and dark brown longitudinal stripes vague, cream markings coalesce over forelimb insertion, sacrum, and tail base; dorsal surface of head darker than lateral. 
CommentCONSERVATIONSTATUS.—Under favorable weather conditions, D. thomaswhitei were abundant on shrubby vegetation above the Gomen Mine and were present at mid-elevations as well. The area harbors the introduced Rattus rattus, and deer, feral cats, and pigs are numerous at lower elevations. The mine was inactive at the time of our visits to the site, but it has since been reopened by the Société Minière du Sud Pacifique (SMSP) and posses a potential threat to the habitat of this species. Although this gecko may also occur on adjacent peaks within the massif, we regard it as Critically Endangered.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a patronym honoring Dr. Thomas White, through whose generosity the automated sequencer used in our molecular phylogenetic analyses of the New Caledonian lizard fauna was obtained. The name is masculine and is formed in the genitive singular. 
  • Bauer, Aaron M. Jackman, Todd. Sadlier, Ross A. Whitaker, Anthony H. 2006. A revision of the Bavayia validiclavis group (Squamata: Gekkota: Diplodactylidae), a clade of New Caledonian geckos exhibiting microendemism. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 57 (12-24):503-547. - 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
  • Skipwith, Phillip L.; Aaron M. Bauer, Todd R. Jackman and Ross A. Sadlier 2016. Old but not ancient: coalescent species tree of New Caledonian geckos reveals recent post-inundation diversification. Journal of Biogeography, DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12719 - get paper here
  • Skipwith, Phillip; Todd JACKMAN, Anthony H. WHITAKER, Aaron M. BAUER & Ross A. SADLIER 2014. New data on Dierogekko (Squamata: Gekkota: Diplodactylidae), with the description of a new species from Ile Baaba, Province Nord, New Caledonia. Memoires du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 206: 13-30. - get paper here
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