|Scientific Name:||Lepidodactylus gardineri|
|Species Authority:||Boulenger, 1897|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1|
|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.
|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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|Population:||There appears to be no information available on the abundance of this species.|
|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:||This species is not used.|
|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:||There is a need to maintain suitable habitat within the species' very limited distribution.|
IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2012.2). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 17 October 2012).
Morrison, C. 2003. A Field Guide to the Herpetofauna of Fiji. Institute of Applied Sciences, University of the South Pacific, Fiji.
|Citation:||Allison, A., Hamilton, A. & Tallowin, O. 2012. Lepidodactylus gardineri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 January 2015.|