Lepidodactylus gardineri 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Gekkonidae

Scientific Name: Lepidodactylus gardineri Boulenger, 1897
Common Name(s):
English Rotuma Forest Gecko

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-09-13
Assessor(s): Allison, A., Hamilton, A. & Tallowin, O.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A. & Bowles, P.
This species is listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location, and there is a plausible threat of secondary forest clearance in the near future.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Rotuma Island, Fiji. It occurs from sea level to no more than 256 m asl.
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Upper elevation limit (metres):256
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Population [top]

Population:There appears to be no information available on the abundance of this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a highly arboreal species known only from secondary growth forest in Rotuma. It is reported to live beneath bark or within termite galleries of dead tree branches. Acalypha grandis is a preferred habitat along with coconut palms, breadfruit and orange trees. It seems to prefer dry habitats (Morrison 2003). Multiple individuals have been found in termite mounds (Morrision 2003).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not used.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Strongly associated with Acalypha grandis, it is dependent on persistence of secondary forest. The possible clearance of secondary growth would present a plausible threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is a need to maintain suitable habitat within the species' very limited distribution.

Citation: Allison, A., Hamilton, A. & Tallowin, O. 2012. Lepidodactylus gardineri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T196577A2462102. . Downloaded on 22 September 2018.
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