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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Diplodactylidae
Genus: Bavayia
Roux, 1913[1]

Bavayia, or partie geckos[citation needed], are a genus of geckos from the remote New Caledonia and Loyalty Islands. These 13 species are moderately small to medium-sized geckos and are distinguished from other genera by their tail length and the shape of their digits.


The common name "partie gecko" is French for "party gecko" and stems from the highly social behavior of the members of this genus.

The generic name, Bavayia, is in honor of Arthur Bavay, a French pharmacist and herpetologist.[2]


All species have elongated digits, each claw on the edge of each seta. They are fairly drab in coloration.


They are nocturnal, and spend the daylight hours hiding under bark or rocks, or in tree holes.



  1. ^ Dahms Tierleben.
  2. ^ 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).
  3. ^ Bauer, A.M.; Jackman, T.; 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
  4. ^ Bauer, A.M.; Sadlier, R.A.; Jackman, T.R.; 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
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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 Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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 n. gen.", pp. 85–87).

External links[edit]

Data related to Bavayia at Wikispecies