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69. Morne Dubois Least Gecko

Sphaerodactylus nycteropus

About

Little is known about Morne Dubois least gecko as it has not been recorded since it was described in 2009 despite subsequent surveys.

Morne Dubois least gecko is part of the family Sphaerodactylidae which diverged from all other families of reptiles 87 million years ago, around the time that humans and rabbits shared a common ancestor!

This West Indies species is threatened by habitat loss due to wood harvesting and charcoal production, and agricultural expansion. Morne Dubois least gecko does not occur in any protected area and further research is required to determine the distribution and population trends.

  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Sphaerodactylidae
  • Population: Unknown
  • Trend: unknown

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 5.66 (?)
ED Score: 16.95 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct

Distribution

Known only from its type locality (place the species was originally found) this species is endemic to Hispaniola where it occurs on the southern coast of Tiburon Peninsula, Haiti.

Habitat and Ecology

Mourne Dubois least gecko lives in xeric habitats (habitats with little moisture), and the holotype (the single specimen that was analysed by scientists to formally described this species) was found around the roots of a small tree on a scrubby hillside.

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This wordcloud illustrates the threats facing this species. The size of each word indicates the extent of a species range that is affected by that threat (larger size means a greater area is affected). The colour of the word indicates how much that threat impacts the species (darker shades of red mean the threat is more severe).

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Source: The IUCN List of Threatened Species. Version 2017.1.
Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org