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Diplodactylus ameyi COUPER & OLIVER, 2016

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Eastern Deserts Fat-tailed Gecko 
SynonymDiplodactylus ameyi COUPER & OLIVER 2016 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland, New South Wales)

Type locality: 3.4km NNE Noonbah homestead (24°04'51"S, 143°11’54”E) Queensland, Australia  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: QM J90778 (Fig. 2), frozen tissue sample at South Australian Museum ABTC113844, collected by Mark Hutchinson. Paratypes. Queensland. SAMA R63336, Winton, (22°27'S, 142°57'E); QM J92287, Winton (22°28'42"S, 142°53'31"E); AMS R110564, Camp 14km NE Scott’s Tank, Diamantina Lakes, NW of Windorah (23°45'S,141°40'E); AMS R110529, Scott’s Tank, Diamantina Lakes, NW of Windorah (23°58'S, 141°32'E); QM J83467, Noonbah Station (24°07'S, 143°11'E); QM J90774, Noonbah homestead, 3.4km NNE (24°04'51"S, 143° 11'54"E); QM J90170, Valetta Stn (24°15'21"S, 143°05'57"E); QM J59978 Jundah. ‘Noonbah Stn’ Rd to 'Waterloo Stn' in Bore Paddock (24°07'40"S, 143°11'30"E); QM J56888, Waterloo site 1 (24°16' S,143°13'E); AMS R 143856, Stonehenge area, within 10km N to S of Stonehenge (24°22'S, 143°19'E); QM J89191, Tyrone, approx 70km NW of Charleville - 3km S of old north Tyrone homestead (25°58'55"S, 145°44'17"E); QM J35697, Ambathala, 1km S Ra Tank (26°01' 30"S, 145°04'30"E); QM J79909, Mariala (26°05'S, 145°04'E); QM J74874, Mariala Nature Ref. (26°05'30"S, 145°04'15"E). New South Wales. AMS R158426, Sturt NP, Silver City Hwy, Wittabrinna Ck. Crossing (29°22'38"S, 142°02'08" E); AMS R132996, AMS R132997, Wanaaring, 4km W of Wanaaring at Turnoff to Wilcannia (29°42'S, 144°07'E); AMS R141988, Wanaaring (29°42'S, 144°09'E); AMS R165698, Nocoleche Nature Reserve, 11km W of Wanaaring - Wilcannia Rd (29°52'08"S, 144°00'34"E); AMS R165659, AMS R165697, AMS R166837, Nocoleche Nature Reserve, 11km West of Wanaaring - Wilcannia Road (29°52'08"S, 144°00'34" E); AMS R162733, AMS R165673, Lake Peery National Park (30°43'28"S, 143°29'15"E). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (conspicillatus species-group): A member of the Diplodactylus conspicillatus group as defined by the following combination of characters: most supralabials small and granular, at most only one enlarged anterior (first) supralabial; terminal lamellae on fingers at most only slightly wider than digit; prominent enlarged subdigital lamellae absent; tail short, as wide or wider than body, depressed with heterogeneous scalation, and bearing large plate-like scales and/or conical tubercules arranged in transverse rows; and dorsal colouration extremely variable, but lacking large well defined bands or blotches. 
EtymologyNamed for Dr Andrew Amey for his contributions to documenting Australia’s herpetofauna and promoting access to the Queensland Museum’s reptile and amphibian collections. 
  • COUPER, PATRICK J.; PAUL M. OLIVER 2016. A new species of gecko from arid inland regions of eastern Australia (Diplodactylus; Diplodactylidae). Zootaxa 4093 (4): 525–538 - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • 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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