Refereed Article A new small-bodied species of Bavayia (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from southeastern New Caledonia

Citation: Bauer A.M., Jackman, T., Sadlier R.A., Shea G. & Whitaker A.H.. 2008. A new small-bodied species of Bavayia (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from southeastern New Caledonia. Pacific Science. 62 . (2 ): 247-256.

Abstract:

A new species of diplodactylid genus Bavayia, B. goroensis, is described from the Plaine des Lacs region of the Province Sud, New Caledonia. The new gecko is the smallest member of the Bavayia cyclura clade (49 mm snout-vent length) and, based on a molecular phylogeny, is basal within this group. It differs from other members of this group in its much smaller size, more gracile body, and lower number of precloacal pores and subdigital lamellae. The new species is known from only two locations, one of which is adjacent to extensive nickel mining operations. Because of its limited distribution and the direct and indirect threats posed by the proximity of mining to one of the populations, the species is here regarded as “Endangered.”

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