Added November 2003: separated from other Diplodactyline genera and completely revised.

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Subfamily DIPLODACTYLINAE - Diplodactyline Geckos: New Zealand and New Caledonia

Family GEKKONIDAE


Genus BAVAYIA - Bavayia Geckos

A small genus that until recently counted as having only 2 species (Rogner, 1992). Two more were proposed in 1998 by Bauer, Whitaker and Sadlier, Bavayia exsuccida and Bavayia pulchella: for the details of this discovery click here. Herp-edia.com lists nine species, but so far I have not found any details of the ones not listed below. These small geckos have virtually the same range as the much bigger Rhacodactylus species: the latter, however, are not found on the Loyalty Islands.

B. crassicollis B. cyclura B. exsuccida
B. geitani B. madjo B. montana
B. ornata B. pulchella B. robusta
B. sauvagii B. septuiclavis B. validclavis


         
Scientific name Common name Place of origin Size (max) Notes
Bavayia
B. crassicollis        
B. cyclura ? New Caledonia and Loyalty Islands 4" Small grey- to dark-brown geckos with darker lateral bands or irregular outlined blotches, but distinguishable especially by a yellow area on the sides that becomes pronounced around the rear limbs. These geckos are social creatures and are often found in groups of up to 6 in a hollow trunk. They also seem to dwell alongside the much larger Rhacodactylus species. Their preferred habitat is hollow or dead trees, and Rogner notes that they prefer drier conditions to Bavayia sauvagii. He recommends keeping them in the same manner as Rhacodactylus geckos. For a picture of B. cyclura click here..
B. exsuccida ? New Caledonia ? Very recently proposed species - see EMBL and Pacific Science, vol. 52 no. 4, October 1998 for details. From the latter it is clear that at least one of these species has a very restricted range and may be threatened unless its habitat is protected.
B. geitani ? ? ?" Similar to B. cyclura but distinguishable by a single row of preanal pores as opposed to the double row of the other species.
B. madjo ? ? ? ??.
B. montana ? ? ? ??.
B. ornata ? ? ? ??.
B. pulchella ? New Caledonia ?  
B. robusta ? ? ? ??.
B. sauvagii ? New Caledonia and Loyalty Islands 4" Similar to B. cyclura but distinguishable by a single row of preanal pores as opposed to the double row of the other species.
B. septuiclavis ? ? ? ??.
B. validiclavis ? ? ? ??.


Bibliography

Lizards of the World, Mattison

Breeding and Keeping Geckos, Coborn, TFH 1995 - a particularly valuable book for lesser known geckos, especially the Diplodactylines.

Keeping and Breeding Lizards, Mattison

Geckos: Keeping and Breeding Them in Captivity, Walls and Walls, TFH 1999.


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