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Delma hebesa MARYAN, BRENNAN, ADAMS & APLIN, 2015

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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesHeath Delma 
SynonymDelma hebesa MARYAN, BRENNAN, ADAMS & APLIN 2015
Delma australis — BUSH 1981: 21
Delma australis — WILSON & KNOWLES 1988: 246
Delma australis — BUSH et al. 2007: 135 
DistributionAustralia (coastal S Western Australia)

Type locality: Bandalup Hill, Ravensthorpe Range (33°40'29"S 120°23'54"E), Western Australia, Australia.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R144237, male, collected by R. Teale & G. Harold, 14 October 2000. Fixed in 10% formalin, stored in 70% ethanol, liver sample stored in ‒80oC ultrafreezer at WAM.
Paratypes: All from Western Australia. WAM R129674, male, 3.8 km W of Kundip, (33o41'S 120o09'E); WAM R131902, female, Hellfire Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, (34o00'15"S 122o10'20"E); WAM R132154, female, Duke of Orleans Bay, Wharton Beach, (33o56'S 122o33'E); WAM R144238, male, same details as holotype; WAM R154234, male, Kundip, (33o40'26"S 120o11'45"E); WAM R156978, male, Canal Rocks, (33o39'46"S 115o00'45"E). 
CommentSynonymy: Populations of Delma hebesa have been considered as D. australis previously.

Sympatry: D. fraseri.

Habitat: proteaceous scrub and mallee heath on south coast sandplains 
EtymologyThe specific name hebesa is derived from the Latin adjective hebes, meaning dull, alluding to the matt body texture, without much shine, of this species. 
  • Brennan, Ian G.; Aaron M. Bauer, Todd R. Jackman 2015. Mitochondrial introgression via ancient hybridization, and systematics of the Australian endemic pygopodid gecko genus Delma. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 94 (2016) 577–590
  • Bush, B. 1981. Reptiles of the Kalgoorlie-Esperance Region. B. Bush, Perth, 46 pp - get paper here
  • Bush, B., Maryan, B., Browne-Cooper & Robinson, D. 2007. Reptiles and Frogs in the bush: Southwestern Australia. University of Western Australia Press, Perth, 302 pp
  • MARYAN, BRAD; IAN G. BRENNAN, MARK ADAMS & KEN P. APLIN 2015. Molecular and morphological assessment of Delma australis Kluge (Squamata: Pygopodidae), with a description of a new species from the biodiversity ‘hotspot’ of southwestern Western Australia. Zootaxa 3946 (3): 301–330 - get paper here
  • Wilson, Stephen K. & Knowles, David G. 1988. Australia's Reptiles: A Photographic Reference to the Terrestrial Reptiles of Australia. Cornstalk Publishing, Pymble, NSW, 447 pp.
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