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Lepidodactylus tepukapili ZUG, WATLING, ALEFAIO, ALEFAIO & LUDESCHER, 2003

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymLepidodactylus tepukapili ZUG et al. 2003 
DistributionPolynesia (Tuvalu)

Type locality: Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu Island, Polynesia (8° 34’ S, 179° 04’ E).  
TypesHolotype: USNM 531713-16 
CommentSimilar species: Member of Lepidodactylus group II, most similar to L. gardineri.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the words for “small lizard” in the local Tuvaluan language and Tepuka island where the first specimens were discovered. 
  • Ineich, I. 2008. A new arboreal Lepidodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu: from egg to holotype. Zootaxa 1918: 26–38 - 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
  • Zug, G. R.; Watling, D.; Alefaio, T.; Alefaio, S.; Ludescher, C. 2003. A new gecko (Reptilia: Squamata: Genus Lepidodactylus) from Tuvalu, South-central Pacific. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 116 (1): 38-46 - get paper here
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