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Crenadactylus rostralis (STORR, 1978)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesSouth-west Kimberley clawless gecko 
SynonymCrenadactylus ocellatus rostralis STORR 1978
Crenadactylus rostralis — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Crenadactylus ocellatus rostralis — RÖSLER 2000: 64
Crenadactylus rostralis — DOUGHTY et al. 2016 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: S Kimberleys)

Type locality: Geikie Gorge, Western Australia (18°07'S, 125°39'E)  
TypesHolotype. WAM R32154, adult male, collected by W.H. Butler, April 1968. Fixed in 10% formalin, stored in 70% ethanol at WAM.
Paratypes (17). WAM R23058*, 43 km SE Halls Creek, WA (18°27'S, 127°15'E); WAM R26824–26, Napier Range, WA (17°20'S, 124°50'E); WAM R27388–92, Mount Anderson, WA (18°02'S, 123°56'E); WAM R46058– 59*, near Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater, 122 km SW Halls Creek, WA (18°43'S, 126°45'E); WAM R46115*, 11 km E Margaret River Homestead, WA (18°38'S, 126°58'E); WAM R56841–45*, Lake Argyle, WA (16°15'S, 128°45'E).
Some registration numbers presented in the original description are in error, with WAM R56441–45 associated with different species. The error originates from a minor numerical error in the registration numbers presented by Storr (1978), and underlined here. The correct numbers associated with the paratype specimens are WAM R56841– 45. Nine paratypes (marked with an asterisk) designated by Storr (1978) fall within the distribution of lineages associated with the C. naso complex identified by Oliver et al. (2012b), and are not true C. rostralis (Doughty et al. 2016: 262). 
CommentDistribution: See map in Doughty et al. 2016: Fig. 2.

Habitat. The few records with collection details all mention occurring in spinifex, including a number of recent samples that were raked from large clumps on and around limestone ranges (Doughty et al. 2016). 
EtymologyThe name rostralis is from the Latin rostrum, meaning beak or snout, in reference to this species’ distinctive configuration of having the rostral scale separated from the nostril. 
  • DOUGHTY, PAUL; RYAN J. ELLIS, PAUL M. OLIVER 2016. Many things come in small packages: Revision of the clawless geckos (Crenadactylus: Diplodactylidae) of Australia. Zootaxa 4168 (2): 239–278
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Storr, G.M., & Harold, G. 1978. Herpetofauna of the Shark Bay Region, Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 6 (4): 449-467. - get paper here
  • Wells R W; Wellington C R 1984. A synopsis of the class Reptilia in Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology 1 (3-4): 73-129 [1983]
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