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Cyrtodactylus tuberculatus (LUCAS & FROST, 1900)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymHoplodactylus tuberculatus LUCAS & FROST 1900
Gymnodactylus Olivii GARMAN 1901 (fide LOVERIDGE 1934)
Gymnodactylus olivii — ZIETZ 1920
Cyrtodactylus tuberculatus — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Quantasia tuberculata — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 15
Cyrtodactylus tuberculatus — RÖSLER et al. 2007: 202
Cyrtodactylus tuberculatus — SHEA et al. 2011 
DistributionAustralia (Cape York Peninsula, NE Queensland, from Cape Melville, south to Mt Leswell; Stanley Island, in the Flinders Islands, just north of Cape Melville)

Type locality: Endeavour River, Queensland, Australia.

abrae: Australia; Type locality: Iron Range, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland.  
TypesHolotype: NMV D7874; the holotype of C. abrae (reported to be in the QM) seems to be missing, hence COUPER & AMEY consider this species as a nomen nudum. 
CommentCyrtodactylus tuberculatus has been previously considered as a synonym of C. louisiadensis (KLUGE (1963) but revalidated by Wells & Wellington (1984).

Common name (abrae): Rainforest Banded Gecko

Type species: Hoplodactylus tuberculatus LUCAS & FROST 1900 is the type species of the genus Quantasia WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 15. 
EtymologyEtymology (tuberculatus): Not specifically stated by Lucas and Frost (1900), but presumably from the Latin tuberculatus (= tuberculate), and in allusion to the strongly developed dorsal tubercles of the species.

Etymology (abrae): Named after Ms Lyn Abra, noted Australian naturalist of the Australian Reptile Park. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Couper, P. J.; Amey, A. 2004. Comments on the taxonomic status of Cyrtodactylus abrae WELLS 2002. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 49(2): 648.
  • Kaiser, H.; Crother, B.I.; Kelly, C.M.R.; Luiselli, L.; O’Shea, M.; Ota, H.; Passos, P.; Schleip, W.D. & Wüster, W. 2013. Best Practices: In the 21st Century, Taxonomic Decisions in Herpetology are Acceptable Only When Supported by a Body of Evidence and Published via Peer-Review. Herpetological Review 44 (1): 8-23
  • Kluge, A.G. 1963. The systematic status of certain Australian and New Guinean gekkonid lizards. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 14: 77-86
  • Kraus, Fred 2008. Taxonomic partitioning of Cyrtodactylus louisiadensis (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) from Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa 1883: 1–27 - get paper here
  • Lucas, A. H. S., and C. Frost. 1900. Description of a new lizard from northern Queensland. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 12:145-146 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. & Glaw, F. 2008. A new species of Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Malaysia including a literature survey of mensural and meristic data in the genus. Zootaxa 1729: 8–22 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. & S. J. Richards & R. Günther 2007. Bemerkungen zur Morphologie und Taxonomie der östlich der Wallacea vorkommenden Geckos der Gattung Cyrtodactylus GRAY, 1827, mit Beschreibungen von zwei neuen Arten (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae) Salamandra 43 (4): 193-230 - 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
  • 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]
  • Wells, R. W. 2002. Taxonomic notes on the genus Cyrtodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) in Australia. Australian Biodiversity Record (3): 1-8
  • Wells, R. W. and Wellington, C. R. 1985. A classification of the Amphibia and Reptilia of Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology, Supplementary Series, (1):1-61. - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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