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Dierogekko validiclavis (SADLIER, 1988)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Bold-striped Gecko 
SynonymBavayia validiclavis SADLIER 1988
Bavayia validiclavis — RÖSLER 2000: 61
Dierogekko validiclavis — BAUER et al. 2006
Dierogekko validiclavis — BAUER et al. 2012 
DistributionNew Caledonia (regions of Mt. Panié and Mt. Mandjélia)

Type locality: Mt. Panié (500–600 m elevation), Province Nord, New Caledonia, 20°33′S, 164°45′E [published coordinates], 20°33′43′′S, 164°46′50′′E [corrected coordinates].  
TypesHolotype: AMS R77855, collected by R.A. Sadlier and P.R. Rankin, 17 December 1978. 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS (genus): Dierogekko may be distinguished from all other New Caledonian diplodactylid geckos by the following combination of character states: body size very small (< 46 mm SVL); head small; tail 92–120% of SVL; dorsal scalation granular, homogeneous; body without extensive skin webs or flaps; expanded subdigital lamellae under all toes; lamellae under penultimate phalanx of digits II–V of manus and pes paired or single; claw of digit I of manus and pes in a groove in the apical lamella between a larger medial scansor and a smaller lateral scansor; precloacal pores in one or two rows in males (10–20 pores in total), not extending onto thighs; dorsal pattern of longitudinal lines or series of spots or patternless, never with transverse markings; venter usually cream to light brown, sometimes pale yellow (BAUER et al. 2012). 
CommentAbundance: uncommon

Type species: Bavayia validiclavis SADLIER 1988 is the type species of the genus Dierogekko BAUER et al. 2006.

Phylogenetics: see Skipwith et al. 2019. 
  • Bauer, A. M. & SADLIER, R. A. 2000. The herpetofauna of New Caledonia. Contributions to Herpetology, 17; Society for Study Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York.
  • Bauer, A.M. & Sadlier,R.A. 1993. Systematics, biogeography and conservation of the lizards of New Caledonia. Biodiv. Lett. 1: 107-122 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Sadlier,R.A. 1988. Bavayia septuiclavis and Bavayia validiclavis, two new species of gekkonid lizard from New Caledonia. Rec. Austral. Mus. 40: 365-370 - get paper here
  • Skipwith, P.L., Bi, K., Oliver, P.M. 2019. Relicts and radiations: Phylogenomics of an Australasian lizard clade with east Gondwanan origins (Gekkota: Diplodactyloidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (2019), doi: - 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
  • Watkins-Colwell, Gregory J. 2002. Gecko Hunting in New Caledonia. Gekko 3 (2): 2-8
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