Correlophus belepensis Bauer, Whitaker, Sadlier & Jackman, 2012

Statut liste rouge -

En danger critique d'extinction (CR) , évaluée le 11/12/2017

Espèce protégée -

en Province Sud , en Province Nord



Restreint aux îles Bélep

Correlophus belepensis is listed as Critically Endangered (criteria B1ab(ii,iii,v)+2ab(ii,iii,v)) because it is restricted to one location in New Caledonia with a continuing decline in the area of occupancy (AOO), extent and quality of habitat and the number of mature individuals due to a variety of threats.

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Correlophus belepensis is endemic to Province Nord in New Caledonia. It is restricted to the Iles Belep, on the Ile Art, forming one location. It occurs at elevations between 0 and 120 m. The extent of occurrence (EOO) and the area of occupancy (AOO) are estimated at 8 km2.


There is no information on population size or trends.


This species is found on hard lateritic soils covered with closed or paraforestier forest.


The major threats to Correlophus belepensis are the habitat loss and degradation from wildfires, as well as introduced species (Jourdan 2006) with the invasive ant, Wasmannia auropunctata, which has severe and potentially unsustainable impacts on the geckos (Jourdan et al. 2001). Illegal collection and trafficking at accessible locations are also thought to have significant effects. The introduced bee is a potentially serious issue for this species. In addition, feral cats (Palmas 2017) are expected to exert a predation pressure.


This species is protected in Province Nord under Code de l'environnement de la Province Nord (Délibération No. 306-2008/APN, 24 October 2008). This species is not present in any reserve and no species-specific conservation management is currently being undertaken.


Jourdan, H., Sadlier, R.A. and Bauer, A.M. 2001. Little Fire Ant Invasion (Wasmannia auropunctata) as a threat to New Caledonian lizards: Evidences from a sclerophyll forest (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology(38) , p.283-301. 2016. Faune et Flore de Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Hély-Alleaume 2012. INC : Incendies et biodiversité des éco-systèmes en Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Palmas, P., Jourdan, H., Rigault, F., Debar, L., De Meringo, H., Bourguet, E., Mathivet, M., Lee, M., Adjouhgniope, R., Papillon, Y. and Bonnaud, E. 2017. Feral cats threaten the outstanding endemic fauna of the New Caledonia biodiversity hotspot. Biological Conservation(214) , p.250-259.

Jourdan, H., Brescia, F. and Vidal, E. 2014. Programme R_Mines.Impact des espèces invasives sur les communautés de reptiles des massifs miniers.

Bauer, A.M., Jackman, T.R., Sadlier, R.A. and Whitaker, A.H. 2012. Revision of the giant geckos of New Caledonia (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae: Rhacodactylus). Zootaxa(3404) , p.1–52.

IUCN 2021. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2021-2.

Uetz, P. (ed.) 2017. The Reptile Database.


Assessor(s): Sadlier, R., Bauer, A., Jourdan, H., Astrongatt, S., Deuss, M., Duval, T., Bourguet, E., McCoy, S., Bouteiller, A., Lagrange, A.

Reviewer(s): Cox, N.

Contributor(s): Cassan, J., Fleurot, D., Jumel, M., Butin, J.

Facilitator(s): Tanguy, V., Lietar, J., Warimavute, G.

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