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The Terrestrial Herpetofauna of the Ile des Pins, New Caledonia

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Title:The Terrestrial Herpetofauna of the Ile des Pins, New Caledonia
Authors:Bauer, Aaron M.
Sadlier, Ross A.
Date Issued:Oct 1994
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Bauer AM, Sadlier RA. 1994. The terrestrial herpetofauna of the Ile des Pins, New Caledonia. Pac Sci 48(4): 353-366.
Abstract:The herpetofauna of the Ile des Pins, New Caledonia, is documented
on the basis of 269 specimens representing 14 species. Included among
new material collected by the authors are all but one of the seven taxa previously
reported for the island. The fauna is a subset of that of the New Caledonian
mainland, but a lack of elevational and habitat diversity has resulted in
a relatively depauperate assemblage. Most of the species are endemic to the
New Caledonian region, although several pan-Pacific geckos are also present.
The scincid lizard Marmorosphax euryotis (Werner), previously regarded as
rare, was found to be extremely abundant in rain forest on a pavement of raised
reef. This species shares sexual dichromatism with its congener, but unlike M.
tricolor (Bavay) it is apparently oviparous. The status of specimens of M. euryotis
from the New Caledonian mainland remains unclear.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 48, Number 4, 1994

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