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Cyrtodactylus hoskini SHEA, COUPER, WILMER & AMEY, 2011

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymCyrtodactylus hoskini SHEA, COUPER, WILMER & AMEY 2011 
DistributionAustralia (N Queensland)

Type locality: Tozer's Gap, 205 m elevation, Iron Range National Park (12° 43' 43" S 143° 11' 14" E  
Reproductionoviparous (manual and phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: QM J86950, female, (P. Couper, A. Amey & L. Roberts, 15.ix.2008). Paratypes. QM J86926–29, J86951, Tozer's Gap, Iron Range National Park (12o 43' 43" S 143o 11' 14" E). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large Cyrtodactylus (SVL to 112 mm) with large, moderately projecting tubercles on the ante- brachium, strongly developed dorsal tubercles in 19–24 longitudinal rows at the midpoint of the trunk (axilla-groin interval); 38–44 ventral scale rows at the same level, a continuous series of 41–48 enlarged femoroprecloacal scales extending from one knee to the other, each scale bearing a pore in males; mental with a posterior extension extending between postmentals; lips marbled or stippled with brown, dark dorsal bands on trunk usually three, with a narrow dark edge anteriorly and posteriorly, and a narrow vertebral extension both anteriorly and posteriorly; pale interspaces between dark body bands usually with a grey patch or bar laterally; basal tail bands a little wider than pale interspaces [SHEA et al. 2011]. 
CommentDistribution: This species was found in the Iron Range, the stated type locality for Cyrtodactylus abrae Wells, 2002. This co-occurrence requires revisiting the status of the latter taxon. Couper et al. (2004) recommended treating the name abrae as unavailable, due to the lack of a type specimen in the original description. However, if a neotype were to be designated, the name could be validated [SHEA et al. 2011]. See also Cyrtodactylus tuberculatus of which abrae has been considered a synonym. 
EtymologyNamed for Dr Conrad Hoskin (b. 1976) whose work on rainforest frogs and reptiles played an important role in recognizing the significance of rock landscapes (lithorefugia) in preserving ancient rainforest lineages (see Couper & Hoskin 2008); a concept that is well illustrated by the distribution of Australian Cyrtodactylus spp. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Riedel, J., Nordberg, E. and Schwarzkopf, L. 2020. Ecological niche and microhabitat use of Australian geckos. Israel J Ecol Evol 66 (3-4): 209-222 - get paper here
  • SHEA, GLENN; PATRICK COUPER, JESSICA WORTHINGTON WILMER & ANDREW AMEY 2011. Revision of the genus Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) in Australia. Zootaxa 3146: 1–63 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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