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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Gekkota
Infraordo: Pygopodomorpha

Familia: Diplodactylidae
Genus: Bavayia
Species (12): B. crassicollis - B. cyclura - B. exsuccida - B. geitaina – B. goroensis – B. montana – B. nubila – B. ornata - B. pulchella - B. robusta - B. sauvagii - B. septuiclavis

Name

Bavayia Roux, 1913

References
Primary references

Roux, J. 1913. Les reptiles de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et des îles Loyalty. In: Sarasin, F. & Roux, J.: Nova Caledonia, Zoologie 1(2): 79–160, plates 4–5. BHL Reference page. [first availability, see p. 85]

Additional references

Bauer, A.M., Whitaker, A.H. & Sadlier, R.A. 1998. Two New Species of the Genus Bavayia (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from New Caledonia, Southwest Pacific. Pacific Science 52(4): 342–355. hdl: 10125/1589 Open access Reference page.
Bauer, A.M.; Jones, J.P.G.; Sadlier, R.A. 2000: A new high-elevation Bavayia (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from northeastern New Caledonia. Pacific science, 54(1): 63–69. handle Reference page.
Bauer, A.M.; Jackman, T.; Sadlier, R.A.; Whitaker, A.H. 2006: A revision of the Bavayia validiclavis group (Squamata: Gekkota: Diplodactylidae), a clade of New Caledonian geckos exhibiting microendemism. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (4), 57(18): 503–547. PDF PDF Reference page.
Bauer, A.M., Jackman, T.R., Sadlier, R.A., Shea, G. & Whitaker, A.H. 2008. A new small-bodied species of Bavayia (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from southeastem New Caledonia. Pacific Science 62(2): 247–256. DOI: 10.2984/1534-6188(2008)62[247:ANSSOB]2.0.CO;2 Paywall. Reference page.
Bauer, A.M., Jackman, T.R., Sadlier, R.A. & Whitaker, A.H. 2012. Revision of the giant geckos of New Caledonia (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae: Rhacodactylus). Zootaxa 3404: 1–52. Preview. Paywall. Reference page.

Vernacular names
English: New Caledonian Geckos

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 12 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.[2]
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 12 described species are recognized as being valid:[3][4]

Bavayia crassicollis Roux, 1913 – strand bavayia
Bavayia cyclura (Günther, 1872) – Günther's New Caledonian gecko
Bavayia exsuccida Bauer, A. Whitaker & Sadlier, 1998 – Sclerophyll bavayia
Bavayia geitaina J.L. Wright, Bauer & Sadlier, 2000 – gracile bavayia
Bavayia goroensis Bauer, Jackman, Sadlier, Shea & A. Whitaker, 2008[5]
Bavayia montana Roux, 1913 – mountain New Caledonian gecko
Bavayia nubila Bauer, Sadlier, Jackman & Shea, 2012[6]
Bavayia ornata Roux, 1913 – ornate bavayia
Bavayia pulchella Bauer, A. Whitaker & Sadlier, 1998 – pretty bavayia
Bavayia robusta J.L. Wright, Bauer & Sadlier, 2000 – robust forest bavayia
Bavayia sauvagii (Boulenger, 1883) – Sauvage's New Caledonian gecko
Bavayia septuiclavis Sadlier, 1989 – Sadlier's New Caledonian gecko

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Bavayia.
Taxonomy

The species formerly known as Bavayia madjo is now known as Paniegekko madjo.[7]

The species formerly known as Bavayia validiclavis is now known as Dierogekko validiclavis.[8]
References

"Bavayia ". Dahms Tierleben. www.dahmstierleben.de.
Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Genus Bavayia, p. 19).
Genus Bavayia at The Reptile Database www.reptile-database.org.
"Bavayia ". ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System). www.itis.gov.
Bauer AM, Jackman T, Sadlier RA, Shea G, Whitaker AH (2008). "A new small-bodied species of Bavayia (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from southeastem New Caledonia". Pacific Science 62 (2): 247-256. doi:10.2984/1534-6188(2008)62[247:ANSSOB]2.0.CO;2
Bauer AM, Sadlier RA, Jackman TR, Shea G (2012). "A new member of the Bavayia cyclura species group (Reptilia: Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from the southern ranges of New Caledonia". Pacific Science 66 (2): 239–247. doi:10.2984/66.2.10
Bauer AM, Jackman TR, Sadlier RA, Whitaker AH (2012). "Revision of the giant geckos of New Caledonia (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae: Rhacodactylus)". Zootaxa 3404: 1-52. Preview

Bauer AM, Jackman T, Sadlier RA, Whitaker AH (2006). "A revision of the Bavayia validiclavis group (Squamata: Gekkota: Diplodactylidae), a clade of New Caledonian geckos exhibiting microendemism". Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Fourth Series 57 (18): 503-547. PDF Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine

Further reading

Roux J (1913). "Les Reptiles de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et des îles Loyalty." pp. 80–146. In: Sarasin F, Roux J (1913). Nova Caledonia: Forschungen in Neu-Caledonien und auf den Loyalty Inseln: Recherches scientifiques en Nouvelle Calédonie et aux Iles Loyalty. A. Zoologie. Vol. I., L. 2. Wiesbaden: C.W. Kreidels Verlag. 449 pp. (Bavayia, new genus, pp. 85–87). (in French).

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