Cyrtodactylus mcdonaldi SHEA, COUPER, WILMER & AMEY, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cyrtodactylus mcdonaldi?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Cyrtodactylus mcdonaldi SHEA, COUPER, WILMER & AMEY 2011|
|Distribution||Australia (Queensland: from Parrot Creek Falls, near Shiptons Flat, in the north, south to Chillagoe and 21.4 km E Chil- lagoe)|
Type locality: The Archways Cave section, Chillagoe–Mungana Caves National Park, 350 m elevation, 17° 05' 29" S 144° 23' 28" E.
|Types||Holotype: QM J87075, female, (P. Couper & K. McDonald, 28.ix.2008).|
Paratypes. MCZ 152021, Laura River, Cook Hwy, 2  mi. W, 32 mi. S Cooktown (15o 55' S 144o 50' E); QM J19327, Mt Molloy (16o 41' S 145o 20' E); J30062–63, 21.4 km E Chillagoe (17o 16' S 144o 37' E); J31272, J48084, Chillagoe (17o 09' S 144o 31' E); J45365, Mt Mulligan (16o 53' S 144o 51' E); J60725–26, Little Forks, Annan River (15o 49' S 145o 13' E); J61772–73, nr Chillagoe township (17o 09' S 144o 31' E); J63482, Windsor Tableland (16o 18' S 145o 05' E); J87047–48, Ship Rock, Mt Poverty, Grey Range (15o 51' 47" S 145o 12' 19" E); J87070, Mt Windsor National Park (16o 18' 06" S 145o 05' 25" E); J87071, Donner Cave, Chillagoe–Mungana Caves National Park (17o 09' 57" S 144o 30' 57" E); J87072–74, 87076–77, The Archways Cave section, Chilla- goe–Mungana Caves National Park (17o 05' 29" S 144o 23' 28" E); J87078, Granite Gorge, via Wakamin (17o 02' 50" S 145o 21' 15" E); J87083, Royal Arch Tower section, Chillagoe–Mungana Caves National Park (17o 11' 06" S 144o 29' 57" E); J87084, Royal Arch Tower section, Chillagoe–Mungana Caves National Park (17o 11' 00" S 144o 29' 51" E); J88027–88028, Parrot Creek Falls, via Shiptons Flat (15o 48' 08" S 145o 15' 24" E).
|Comment||Diagnosis. A medium-sized Cyrtodactylus (SVL to 105 mm) with large, weakly to moderately projecting tubercles on antebrachium, strongly developed dorsal tubercles in 18–23 longitudinal rows at the midpoint of the trunk (axilla-groin interval), 28–41 ventral scale rows at the same level, a continuous series of 34–46 enlarged fem- oroprecloacal scales extending from one knee to the other, in males, pores are in three sections with 4–9 unpored scales between; 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 posteriorly but usually not anteriorly; pale interspaces between dark body bands usually unspotted, rarely with a few dark macules; basal tail bands only a little wider than pale interspaces [SHEA et al. 2011].|
|Etymology||Named after Keith R. McDonald (b: 1950), Principal Senior Technical Officer, Threatened Species Unit, Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management, and an Honorary Research Associate of the Queensland Museum, resident of Atherton, and discoverer of numerous north Queensland reptile and amphibian species. It was Keith who first alerted PC that Australian 'C. louisiadensis' had an interesting, fragmented distribution and warranted further investigation. Keith was instrumental in collecting many of the initial tissue samples on which this revision is based.|
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