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Lepidodactylus moestus (PETERS, 1867)

IUCN Red List - Lepidodactylus moestus - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Micronesian Scaly-Toed Gecko, Micronesia Flat-Tailed Gecko 
SynonymGecko moestus PETERS 1867: 13
Lepidodactylus lugubris — WERNER 1900: 7 (part.)
Lepidodactylus moestus — OTA et al. 1995: 187
Lepidodactylus moestus — BAUER et al. 1995: 55
Lepidodactylus moestus — RÖSLER 2000: 91
Lepidodactylus moestus — KAISER et al. 2020 

Type locality: “Pelew-Inseln” [Palau Islands]  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 5610 
CommentSynonymy: Lepidodactylus moestus has been synonymized with Lepidodactylus lugubris but has been removed from its synonymy by Ota et al. (1995). However, the two species have been found to mate (Buden et al. 2014). 
  • Bauer, A.M.; Günther,R. & Klipfel,M. 1995. The herpetological contributions of Wilhelm C.H. Peters (1815-1883). SSAR Facsimile Reprints in Herpetology, 714 pp.
  • Buden, Donald W. 2015. Reptiles of Lukunor Atoll, Mortlock Islands, Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Science 69 (1):117–124 doi:10.2984/69.1.9 - get paper here
  • Buden, Donald W. & Danko Taboroši 2016. Reptiles of the Federated States of Micronesia. Island Research and Education Initiative, 311 pp. - get paper here
  • Buden, Donald W.; Carlos Cianchini, Danko Taborosi, Robert N. Fisher, Aaron M. Bauer and Ivan Ineich 2014. Photographic evidence of interspecies mating in geckos of the Lepidodactylus lugubris unisexual-bisexual complex (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Phyllomedusa 13 (2): 133-136 - get paper here
  • Buden, Donald W.; Danko Taboroši, Maria Kottermair, Andrea Jalandoni & Matthew Martin 2020. Reptiles of the Northern Marshall Islands. Pacific Science 74 (2): 189-209 - get paper here
  • Crombie, Ronald I. and Gregory K. Pregill 1999. A Checklist of the Herpetofauna of the Palau Islands (Republic of Belau), Oceania. Herpetological Monographs 13: 29-80 - get paper here
  • Goldberg, S.R. 2017. Lepidodactylus moestus (Micronesian Scaly-toed Gecko) Reproduction. Herpetological Review 48 (4): 850-851 - get paper here
  • Kaiser, Hinrich; Kaitlin J Rickerl, Melinda M Hull, Morgan M Lewis, Mitzia J Zambada 2020. Herpetological Update from Arno Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Herpetology Notes 13: 699-712 - get paper here
  • Ota, H., R. N. FISHER I. C. INEICH and T. J. Case 1995. Geckos of the genus Lepidodactylus (Squamata : Reptilia) in Micronesia: Description of a new species and reevaluation of the status of Gecko moestus Peters, 1867. Copeia 1995 (1): 183-195 - get paper here
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1867. Herpetologische Notizen. Monatsber. königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1867 (Januar): 13-37 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Werner, F. 1900. Die Reptilien und Batrachierfauna des Bismarck Archipels. Mitt. Zool. Samml. Mus. Naturk. Berlin 1 (4): 1-132 - get paper here
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