Crenadactylus occidentalis DOUGHTY, ELLIS & OLIVER, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Crenadactylus occidentalis?
|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Western clawless gecko|
|Synonym||Crenadactylus occidentalis DOUGHTY, ELLIS & OLIVER 2016|
|Distribution||Australia (Western Australia: Carnarvon coast)|
Type locality: Dirk Hartog Homestead, Dirk Hartog Island, WA (26°00'S, 113°12'E) Map legend:
- Type locality.
|Types||Holotype. WAM R113683, adult male, collected by B. Maryan and R. Browne-Cooper, 19 April 1992. Fixed in 10% formalin, stored in 70% ethanol at WAM.|
Paratypes (6). WAM R57525, 40 km north-east of Yuna, WA (28°06'S, 115°15'E); WAM R96676, 10 km north-west of Wandina Homestead, WA (27°56'S, 115°33'E); WAM R120779, Nerren Nerren Station, WA (27°03'24"S, 114°35'21"E); WAM R124891, 38 km west south-west Hamelin Homestead, WA (26°35'34"S, 113°53'22"E); WAM R131376, 70 km south of Exmouth, WA (22°34'47"S, 114°07'00"E); WAM R135497, False Entrance Well, WA (26°23'S, 113°19'E).
|Comment||Diagnosis. A medium-sized (to 32.6 mm SVL) species of Crenadactylus with wide (HW/HL 0.50–0.60) head. Rostral in full contact with nostril, internasal (if present) not extending beyond supranasal, 2 (occasionally 3) small postmentals, dorsal scales homogeneous and weakly keeled, 3–4 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, small pale white to orange spots comprised of 2– 3 scales may be present, lateral zones pale to dark grey with at most faint uniform stippling (not forming lines); ventrum pale off-white with stippling absent to moderate.|
Habitat. Collection records indicate a preference for spinifex and coastal dune vegetation such as shrubs, Acacia and Banksia. Occasionally collected from under tin and limestone slabs.
Distribution: See map in Doughty et al. 2016: Fig. 2.
|Etymology||The specific name occidentalis (Latin) refers to the western distribution of this species.|
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