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Lepidodactylus tepukapili Zug, Watling, Alefaio, Alefaio & Ludescher

Tepuka Gecko (Lepidodactylus tepukapili)

The Tepuka Gecko was described in the year 2003.

The species is so far known exclusively from two of the motu of the Funafuti atoll in Tuvalu – Fuakea and Tepuka.

The animals reach a length of about 8 cm long and is predominantly tinged in several shades of brown.

The nocturnal species spends the day hidden under loose bark and in bark crevices on the trunks of several living trees, specifically fetau (Calophyllum inophyllum L.).



[1] G. R. Zug; D. Watling; T. Alefaio; S. Alefaio; C. Ludescher: A new gecko (Reptilia: Squamata: Genus Lepidodactylus) from Tuvalu, South-central Pacific. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 116(1): 38-46. 2003


Photo: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles

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Lepidodactylus gardineri Boulenger

Rotuman Forest Gecko (Lepidodactylus gardineri)

The Rotuman Forest Gecko was scientifically described in the year 1897.

As its name implies, this nocturnal gecko species occurs exclusively on the island of Rotuma, where it lives in termite galleries in dead tree branches and trunks.



Photo: Dr. Paddy Ryan; by courtesy of Dr. Paddy Ryan




[1] George R. Zug; Victor G. Springer; Jeffrey T. Williams; G. David Johnson: The Vertebrates of Rotuma and surrounding waters. Atoll Research Bulletin 316: 1-25. 1988