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Lepidodactylus listeri (BOULENGER, 1889)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Christmas Island Chained Gecko, Lister’s gecko 
SynonymGecko listeri BOULENGER 1889
Gecko listeri — GIBSON-HILL 1947
Lepidodactylus listeri — KLUGE 1968
Lepidodactylus listeri — KLUGE 1993
Lepidodactylus listeri — COGGER 2000: 728
Lepidodactylus listeri — SCHWARZ 2018 
DistributionChristmas Islands (Indian Ocean, belongs to Australia)

Type locality: Christmas Is., Indian Ocean.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.25.91 
CommentGroup: Member of Lepidodactylus group I.

Distribution: Erroneously reported from Cook Islands.

Conservation: Extinct in the wild fide Tingley et al. 2019. 
EtymologyNamed after Joseph Jackson Lister (1857-1928). 
  • 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. 1889. On the reptiles of Christmas Island. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1888: 534-536. - get paper here
  • Brown,W.C. & Parker,F. 1977. Lizards of the genus Lepidodactylus (Gekkonidae) from the Indo-Australian Archipelago and the islands of the Pacific, with description of new species. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 41: 253-265 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Gibson-Hill, C.A. 1947. The terrestrial reptiles [of the Christmas Islands]. Bull. Raffles Mus. No 18: 81-86
  • Oliver PM, Blom MPK, Cogger HG, Fisher RN, Richmond JQ, Woinarski JCZ. 2018. Insular biogeographic origins and high phylogenetic distinctiveness for a recently depleted lizard fauna from Christmas Island, Australia. Biol. Lett. 14: 20170696 - get paper here
  • Ota, H. 1987. A new species of Lepidodactylus (Gekkonidae: Reptilia) from Lanyu Island, Taiwan. Copeia 1987 (1): 164-169. - get paper here
  • Schwarz, E. 2018. Christmas Island – Arterhaltung auf Australisch. Reptilia 23 (134): 72-80 - get paper here
  • Tingley, Reid; Macdonald, Stewart L; Mitchell, Nicola J; Woinarski, John C Z; Meiri, Shai; Bowles, Phil; Cox, Neil A; Shea, Glenn M; Böhm, Monika; Chanson, Janice; Tognelli, Marcelo F; Harris, Jaclyn; Walke, Claire; Harrison, Natasha; Victor, Savanna 2019. Geographic and taxonomic patterns of extinction risk in Australian squamates. Biol. Conserv. 238, 108203 - get paper here
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