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Hoplodactylus duvaucelii (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1836)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Duvaucel's gecko 
SynonymPlatydactylus duvaucelii DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 312
Hoplodactylus Duvaucelii — FITZINGER 1843
Naultinus pacificus (part) — GRAY 1843 (in Dieffenbach)
Pentadactylus Duvaucelii — GRAY 1845
Naultinus pacificus — BULLER 1870: 7
Hoplodactylus duvaucelii — BOULENGER 1885: 172
Hoplodactylus granulatus — LUCAS & FROST 1897 (partim)
Hoplodactylus duvancelii (sic) — SCHAEFER 1902
Rhacodactylus trachyrhynchus — GUIBÉ 1954
Hoplodactylus duvauceli — MCCANN 1955
Naultinus duvauceli — CHRAPLIWY 1961
Hoplodactylus duvaucelii — WERMUTH 1965: 94
Hoplodactylus diwancelii — JULLIEN & RENOUS-LECURU 1973
Hoplodactylus duvaucelii — RÖSLER 2000: 90
Woodworthia duvaucelii — JEWELL 2008
Hoplodactylus duvaucelii — NIELSEN et al. 2011 
DistributionNew Zealand (offshore islands of the northeast coast of the North island and islands of Cook Strait)

Type locality: New Zealand.  
TypesLectotype: MNHN-RA 5977 (1274), Bengal (in error), presented A. Duvaucel, designated by Bauer, 1990; Syntypes: MNHN-RA 6680 and MNHN-RA 6681; RMNH 2722 
DiagnosisDefinition (genus). Pupils with crenulated margins; subdigital pads >2/3 of toe length; 15–27 lamellae under digit IV of pes, at least distal lamellae curved or chevron-shaped; ventral skin opaque; mouth lining unpigmented; precloacal pores in males continuous with femoral pores on under surface of thighs; body size large to very large (SVL 95–360 mm) [after NIELSEN et al. 2011]. 
CommentType species: Platydactylus duvaucelii DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836 is the type species of the genus Hoplodactylus FITZINGER 1843. 
EtymologyNamed after Alfred Duvaucel (1792-1824), a French naturalist who explored India. He was the son, from her first marriage, of Mme. Cuvier. 
  • Barry, Manuela; Uri Shanas, and Dianne H. Brunton 2014. Year-Round Mixed-Age Shelter Aggregations in Duvaucel's Geckos (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii). Herpetologica Dec 2014, Vol. 70, No. 4: 395-406. - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M. 1988. The proper Latin designation of Duvaucel's gecko, with comments on specimen of historical note. New Zealand J. Zool. 14: 593-595 [1987]
  • Bell, Trent P. and Sarah M. Herbert 2017. Establishment of a Self-Sustaining Population of a Long-Lived, Slow-Breeding Gecko Species (Diplodactylidae: Hoplodactylus duvaucelii) Evident 15 Years after Translocation. Journal of Herpetology 51 (1): 37–46 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Buller, W. 1871. A list of the lizards inhabiting New Zealand, with descriptions. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute, 3 [1870]:4-11 - get paper here
  • Cree, Alison and Kelly M. Hare 2016. Reproduction and Life History of New Zealand Lizards. in: Chapple, D.G. (ed). New Zealand Lizards. Springer, pp. 169-206 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A.M. C. and G. Bibron. 1836. Erpetologie Générale ou Histoire Naturelle Complete des Reptiles. Vol. 3. Libr. Encyclopédique Roret, Paris, 528 pp. - get paper here
  • Henle, K. 1981. Die Herpetofauna Neuseelands, Teil 4: Endemische Geckos. Herpetofauna 3 (15): 16-19 - get paper here
  • Hitchmough, Rodney A.; Geoffrey B. Patterson, and David G. Chapple 2016. Putting a Name to Diversity: Taxonomy of the New Zealand Lizard Fauna. in: Chapple, D.G. (ed). New Zealand Lizards. Springer, pp. 87-108 - get paper here
  • Jewell, Tony 2008. A Photographic Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand [with corrections and comments in Chapple & Hitchmough 2009]. New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd,Auckland, 143 pp.
  • Morgan-Richards, Mary; A. Rheyda Hinlo, Chris Smuts-Kennedy, John Innes, Weihong Ji, Manuela Barry, Dianne Brunton, Rodney A Hitchmough 2016. Identification of a Rare Gecko from North Island New Zealand, and Genetic Assessment of Its Probable Origin: A Novel Mainland Conservation Priority? Journal of Herpetology 50 (1): 77-86. - get paper here
  • Nielsen, Stuart V.; Aaron M. Bauer, Todd R. Jackman, Rod A. Hitchmough and Charles H. Daugherty 2011. New Zealand geckos (Diplodactylidae): Cryptic diversity in a post-Gondwanan lineage with trans-Tasman affinities. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59 (1): 1-22 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rösler, Herbert 2017. Gecko-Chorologie (Squamata: Gekkota). Gekkota (4): 1-160
  • van Winkel, D., Baling, M. & Hitchmough, R. 2018. Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand: A field guide. Auckland University Press, Auckland, 376 pp.
  • Worthy, T. H. 1987. Osteological observations on the larger species of the skink Cyclodina and the subfossil occurrence of these and the gecko Hoplodactylus duvaucelii in the North Island, New Zealnd. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 14: 219-229 - get paper here
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