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Paniegekko madjo (BAUER, JONES & SADLIER, 2000)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymBavayia madjo BAUER, JONES & SADLIER 2000
Paniegekko madjo — BAUER et al. 2012 
DistributionNew Caledonia (Mont Panié and Mont Ignambi in the Panié Range, elevation > 900 m).

Type locality: Mt. Ignambi (1100 m elevation), Province Nord, New Caledonia (22° 128 S, 164° 36’ E).  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1998.0467 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus). Paniegekko may be distinguished from all other New Caledonian diplodactylid geckos by the following combination of character states: body size moderate (to 75mm SVL), head large, tail slender and elongate (> 110% SVL); dorsal scalation granular, homogeneous; body without extensive skin webs or flaps; expanded subdigital lamellae under all toes; subdigital lamellae of digits II–V of manus and pes unpaired basally and divided distally; claw of digit I of manus and pes positioned lateral to a single, undivided apical lamella; precloacal pores in two or more rows in males, longest row extending well onto thighs (50 or more pores total); dorsal coloration pattern brown with transverse chevrons; venter dull grayish, never yellow. 
CommentType species: Bavayia madjo BAUER et al. 2000 is the type species of the genus Paniegekko BAUER et al. 2012. 
EtymologyThe species was named after the term for a small gecko in Djahoue, a Kanak language spoken in the northeastern ranges of Province Nord where the species occurs.

The genus was named after the Panié massif, the dominant landform of northeastern New Caledonia, and gekko, from the Malay ‘gekoq’, onomatopoeia of the call of the species Gekko gecko and the common name to all limbed gekkotans. A Sri Lankan origin for the word gekko, derived from the Sinhalese word ‘gego’, is also possible (de Silva & Bauer 2008). The name is masculine and should be pronounced “Pa-nē-ā-gekko.” The two known localities for this monotypic genus are Mt. Ignambi and Mt. Panié, both part of the Panié massif. 
  • 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., Jones, J.P.G. & Sadlier, R.A. 2000. A new high-elevation Bavayia (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae) from northeastern New Caledonia. Pacific Science 54: 63-69
  • BAUER, AARON M.; TODD R. JACKMAN, ROSS A. SADLIER & ANTHONY H. WHITAKER 2012. Revision of the giant geckos of New Caledonia (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae: Rhacodactylus). Zootaxa 3404: 1–52 - get paper here
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