Concept

Bavayia

Summary
Bavayia is a genus of lizards in the family Diplodactylidae. Species in the genus Bavayia are also known commonly as New Caledonian geckos or bavayias. The genus is native to the remote New Caledonia and Loyalty Islands. The 41 species are moderately small to medium-sized geckos, and are distinguished from other genera by their tail length and the shape of their digits. Etymology The generic name, Bavayia, is in honor of Arthur Bavay, a French pharmacist and herpetologist. Description All species of Bavayia have elongated digits, with each claw on the edge of each seta. They are fairly drab in coloration. Behavior Bavayia species are nocturnal, and spend the daylight hours hiding under bark or rocks, or in tree holes. Species These 41 described species are recognized as being valid: *Bavayia ashleyi *Bavayia astrongatti *Bavayia borealis *Bavayia boulinda *Bavayia caillou *Bavayia campestris *Bavayia centralis *Bavayia cocoensis *Bavayi
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