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07 May 2008 | dataset

The reptiles of Kapingamarangi atoll, Micronesia

Two species of sea turtles and eight lizards comprise the herpetofauna of Kapingamarangi Atoll; the giant Micronesian gecko (Perochirus scutellatus) is unknown elsewhere. The mourning gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris), oceanic gecko (Gehyra
oceanica), and azure-tailed copper-striped skink (Emoia impar) are the most common and widespread species, being recorded on 100%, 97%, and 87% of the 31 islands, respectively. The stump-toed gecko (Gehyra mutilata) and the Pacific blue-tailed skink
(Emoia caeruleocauda), both known from only a scattering of older records from the most densely inhabited and most frequently visited islands, may be extirpated or possibly still
exist locally in very small numbers. Sea turtles are rare and none was observed during the present study, but local residents indicate they were more numerous in the past.

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Physical Description: 10 Pages

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Publisher National Museum of Natural History
Modified 15 February 2022
Release Date 07 May 2008
Source URL
Identifier VL-34637
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location Pacific Region
Relevant Countries Pacific Region
License Public
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