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Range DescriptionThis species is endemic to the Caroline and the Marshall Islands in eastern Micronesia (Adler et al. 1995). In the Carolines, it has been recorded on Pohnpei (Ponape) (Brown and Marshall 1953), on the Sapwuahfik Atoll (e.g. Buden 2000) and the Mortlock Islands (Buden 2007). In the Marshall Islands, this species has been recorded on Ine, Dodo and Autore, three islets within Arno Atoll (Brown and Marshall 1953), and historically from Majuro Atoll. No recent records exist for this latter, which is now heavily-developed, but it is possible that it survives on more remote islets within Majuro (R. Fisher pers. comm. 2013). It is generally found in low lying areas up to around 780 m (but has only been recorded below 400 m on Pohnpei - R. Fisher pers. comm. 2013). It has an approximate distributional extent across this range of approximately 522 km², calculated as the sum of the areas of each of the islands where this lizard occurs.