Very little is known about the marbled gecko, and there is neither data on population size and trends for this species nor any known areas where this species is common.
The marbled gecko is only known from one locality on the Dôme de Tiébaghi massif, New Caledonia.
This beautiful gecko is part of the family Diplodactylidae, which diverged from all other living lizards more than 70 million years ago; when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth!
This Critically Endangered lizard is primarily threatened by the expansion of mining for nickel at its sole known location. In addition, invasive mammals are known to predate upon the marbled gecko. The species is protected under regional legislation but does not occur in any protected areas.
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Diplodactylidae
- Population: Unknown
- Trend: decreasing
- Size: 61mm
This species is found in Province Nord, New Caledonia on the Dôme de Tiébaghi massif. It occurs from 10-100 metres above sea level.
Habitat and Ecology
This species lives in maquis shrublands and closed forest remnants. It is nocturnal and arboreal (lives in trees). They shelter beneath loose bark or tree holes and crevices.