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43. ‘Eua Forest Gecko

Lepidodactylus euaensis

About

The ‘Eua Forest gecko is an island endemic in Tonga and, despite extensive surveys on other islands, no additional populations of this species have been found.

The island has a total area of just 87 km2, and therefore this is the maximum possible range of the ‘Eua forest gecko, though its actual area of occupancy may be significantly smaller.

This Critically Endangered gecko is under threat from habitat loss due to land conversion for agriculture and subsistence farming. The introduction of non-native skinks has also led to increased competition for food and space, which is likely to have negatively impacted this species.

It is essential to maintain the forest habitat of this gecko and further research into the impact of the introduced skinks is required.

  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Gekkonidae
  • Population: Common
  • Trend: stable

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 5.75 (?)
ED Score: 18.701 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct

Distribution

The species is found on ‘Eua Island, Tonga. It has been recorded from between 100 and 300 metres above sea level.

Habitat and Ecology

This species is known only from forests, where it can be found under the bark of dead trees.

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