Reptile Research / New Caledonia 2007


In March 2007 the Exo Terra research team travelled to the Pacific Ocean to study the endemic gecko family, Rhacodactylus, which only inhabits New Caledonia and its surrounding islands. The main goal of this trip was to obtain a better understanding of the differences between the subspecies as well as the various colour forms. The Exo Terra team consisted of gecko specialists from Europe and the USA.

Research was conducted on New Caledonian’s main island “Grande Terre”. The southern island “Ile des Pins” and some of its satellite islands like Ilot Menore and Ile Géréonière, located in Gadji Bay north of Ile des Pins, were also part of the research area.

On Grande Terre a region east of the capital Nouméa was visited. Data on Rhacodactylus auriculatus and its different colour forms was collected. In addition, information on the animals (size, weight, temperature, etc.) and their habitat (temperature, humidity) was gathered. On Ile des Pins and its satellite islands the same data was collected from Rhacodactylus leachianus henkeli.

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3rd discovery of a new species during Exo Terra expedition