Cyrtodactylus murua 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Gekkonidae

Scientific Name: Cyrtodactylus murua Kraus & Allison, 2006

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2015-07-21
Assessor(s): Tallowin, O. & Oliver, P.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P.

Cyrtodactylus murua has been assessed as Data Deficient as it is currently only known from Woodlark Island in Papua New Guinea. It does not occur in any protected areas. Mining and deforestation on this island may pose a potential threat to this species. On going monitoring of this species population is recommended and further research on this species' population status, habitats and threats is required before an accurate assessment can be made. 

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

This species is endemic to Papua New Guinea and is known only from Woodlark Island in Milne Bay Province. This species probably occurs in suitable habitat across the island, with the potential range from sea level to ~ 301 m asl (Kraus and Allison 2006). 

Countries occurrence:
Papua New Guinea (Papua New Guinea (main island group))
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:918
Upper elevation limit (metres):300
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Population [top]


There is no population information available for this species.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

This species inhabits secondary lowland rainforest. Kraus and Allison (2006) collected a specimen of this species from a strangler fig (Ficus sp.) in a patch of disturbed lowland forest. The forest, which was growing on limestone substrate, had large open patches in various stages of regeneration from swidden agriculture. Ferns (Asplenium spp.) and other epiphytes were common in the tree crowns and many of the tree trunks were covered with vines (particularly Monstera sp.). The fig on which the lizard was collected was the largest tree in the area, with a dbh of about 1 m and a height of 25–30 m.


Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There is no trade or use information for this species.  

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): A large mining development is being established on this island. It is possible that this mine and other disturbances associated with increased human density may impact upon populations of this species. However, this species appears to be able to cope with some disturbance (occurs in secondary forest) and the total area of this island is quite large (approx 900 km2). On going monitoring of this species population on this island is recommended (A. Allison and P. Oliver. pers. comms. 2014).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no known species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. This species does not occur in any protected areas. Further research on this species population status, habitats and threats is recommended especially in light of the establishment and associated infrastructure on Woodlark Island (P. Oliver. pers. comm. 2014).  

Citation: Tallowin, O. & Oliver, P. 2015. Cyrtodactylus murua. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T42482728A42482731. . Downloaded on 20 July 2018.
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