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A New Small-Bodied Species of Bavayia (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from Southeastern New Caledonia.

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Title: A New Small-Bodied Species of Bavayia (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from Southeastern New Caledonia.
Authors: Bauer, Aaron M.
Jackman, Todd R.
Sadlier, Ross A.
Shea, Glenn
Whitaker, Anthony H.
LC Subject Headings: Natural history--Periodicals.
Science--Periodicals
Natural history--Pacific Area--Periodicals.
Issue Date: Apr 2008
Publisher: Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Bauer AM, Jackman TR, Sadlier RA, Shea G, Whitaker AH. A New Small-Bodied Species of Bavayia (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from Southeastern New Caledonia. Pac Sci 62(2): 247-256.
Series/Report no.: vol. 62, no. 2
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.’’
Description: v. ill. 23 cm.
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Pages/Duration: 10 p.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/22696
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science, Volume 62, Number 2, 2008



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