Crenadactylus horni (LUCAS & FROST, 1895)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Crenadactylus horni?
|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Central Uplands clawless geckos|
|Synonym||Ebenavia horni LUCAS & FROST 1895|
Crenadactylus ocellatus horni — STORR & HAROLD 1978
Crenadactylus horni — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Crenadactylus horni — DOUGHTY et al. 2016
|Distribution||Australia (South Australia, Northern Territory); Type locality: Charlotte Waters, Northern Territory fide Dixon and Kluge (1964), donated to National Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (NMV).|
|Types||Holotype: NMV D7533, adult female, Camp 4 of the Horn Expedition, by W.B. Spencer, April 1897. Stored in 70% ethanol at NMV.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A moderately large (to 34.8 mm SVL), robust species of Crenadactylus with wide (HW/HL 0.48– 0.63) and deep (HD/HL 0.28–0.42) head with a long snout (SnL/HL 0.34–0.42). Rostral in full contact with nostril, enlarged internasal extending beyond supranasal, 2 slightly enlarged postmentals, dorsal scales homogeneous, smooth or feebly keeled, 6 pre-cloacal pores, innermost pore-bearing scales separated by an intervening scale, no enlarged tubercles on original tails. Ground colour tan and light brown; dorsal pattern consists of well-defined pale and dark longitudinal stripes, lateral zones pale tan with irregular dark brown stippling, occasionally forming 1 or 2 broken or weakly defined lateral lines; ventrum pale off-white with moderate to weak stippling (Doughty et al. 2016).|
|Comment||Synonymy: This species has been previously synonymized with Crenadactylus ocellatus bilineatus, but revalidated by Doughty et al. 2016. |
Distribution: See map in Doughty et al. 2016: Fig. 2.
Habitat. Collection records for several specimens mention they were taken from spinifex clumps or from under rocks near spinifex, with records also from a rocky gully, rock platforms or outcrops (Doughty et al. 2016).
|Etymology||Named for William A. Horn, financer and early participant of the Horn Scientific Expedition to central Australia in 1894.|