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The Terrestrial Herpetofauna of the Loyalty Islands

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Title: The Terrestrial Herpetofauna of the Loyalty Islands
Authors: Sadlier, Ross A.
Bauer, Aaron M.
Issue Date: Jan 1997
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Sadlier RA, Bauer AM. 1997. The terrestrial herpetofauna of the Loyalty Islands. Pac Sci 51(1): 76-90.
Abstract: The terrestrial herpetofauna of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia,
is reviewed. This is the first comprehensive account of the reptile fauna of these
islands since Roux's monograph on the region in 1913 and is based on recent
collections made in August 1987 and a review of the collections made by Roux
and Sarasin and housed in the Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel. Seventeen species
of lizards and two species of snakes (one boid and one typhlopid) occur in the
Loyalty Islands. Approximately half the lizard species are endemic to the New
Caledonia/Loyalty Islands region, but only one, Emoia loyaltiensis (Roux), is
endemic to the Loyalties alone. The remaining lizard species have widespread
distributions throughout the Pacific. Most widespread species also occur on mainland
New Caledonia, but several (Gehyra vorax Girard, Emoia cyanura [Lesson], and
Candoia bibroni [Dumeril & Bibron]) do not.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 51, Number 1, 1997

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