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Lepidodactylus listeri (Boulenger, 1889)

Lister's gecko, Christmas Island gecko, Christmas Island chained gecko

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Gecko listeri Boulenger, 1889

 

Conservation Status

Last record: 1979

Rediscovered in 2010

Extinct in the wild, last record October 2012 (Andrew et al., 2016).

IUCN RedList status: Extinct in the Wild

 

Distribution

Christmas Island, Australia

 

Biology

 

 

Hypodigm

 

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Boulenger, G. A. (1889). On the reptiles of Christmas Island. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1888: 534-536.

 

Other references:

Agius, Jessica Esther et al. (2021). Genomic Insights Into the Pathogenicity of a Novel Biofilm-Forming Enterococcus sp. Bacteria (Enterococcus lacertideformus) Identified in Reptiles. Frontiers in Microbiology 12: 635208.

Andrew, Paul, Cogger, hal, Driscoll, Don, Flakus, Samantha, Harlow, Peter, Maple, Dion, Misso, Mike, Pink, Caitlin, Retallick, Kent, Rose, Karrie, Tiernan, Brendan, West, Judy and Woinarski, John C. Z. (2016). Somewhat saved: a captive breeding programme for two endemic Christmas Island lizard species, now extinct in the wild. Oryx. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605316001071 [Abstract]

Brown, W.C. and Parker, F. 1977. Lizards of the genus Lepidodactylus (Gekkonidae) from the Indo-Australian Archipelago and the islands of the Pacific, with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Californian Academy of Sciences (4)41(8): 253-265.

Cogger, Hal. (2005). Background Information on Lister’s Gecko, Lepidodactylus listeri and the Christmas Island Blind Snake, Typhlops exocoeti. Prepared for the Department of the Environment and Heritage: Canberra.

Cogger, Hal. (2006). National Recovery Plan for Lister’s Gecko, Lepidodactylus listeri and the Christmas Island Blind Snake, Typhlops exocoeti. Prepared for the Department of the Environment and Heritage: Canberra.

Cogger, Hal G., Cameron, Elizabeth E., Sadlier, Ross A. and Eggler, Peter. (1993). The Action Plan for Australian Reptiles. Canberra: Australian Nature Conservation Agency. [pp. 34-37]

Cogger, H. G. and Sadlier, R. A. (1981). The terrestrial reptiles of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Australian Museum, Sydney. 194 pp. Report to the Australian National Parks & Wildlife Service.

Cogger, H., Sadlier, R. A. and Cameron, E. (1983). The Terrestrial Reptiles of Australia's Island Territories. Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, Special Publication No. 11. Australian Government Publishing Service: Canberra. 80 pp.

Emery, Jon-Paul et al. (2021). The lost lizards of Christmas Island: A retrospective assessment of factors driving the collapse of a native reptile community. Conservation Science and Practice 3:e358. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.358

Lister, J. J. (1888). On the natural history of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 512-531. [relevant citation?]

Oliver, Paul M., Blom, M. P. K., Cogger, Hal G., Fisher, R. N., Richmond, J. Q. and Woinarski, J. C. Z. (2018). Insular biogeographic origins and high phylogenetic distinctiveness for a recently depleted lizard fauna from Christmas Island, Australia. Biol. Lett. 14: 20170696.

Smith, Michael J. et al. (2012). An oceanic island reptile community under threat: the decline of reptiles on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 7(2): 206-218.

Washington, Haydn. (2018). The last stand. Wildlife Australia 55(1): 36-39. [Abstract]

https://news.mongabay.com/2017/03/a-christmas-miracle-perhaps-someday/

https://extinctanimals.proboards.com/thread/7547/lepidodactylus-listeri

 

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