Diplodactylus conspicillatus LUCAS & FROST, 1897
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Diplodactylus conspicillatus?
|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Variable Fat-tailed Gecko, Burrow-plug Gecko|
|Synonym||Diplodactylus conspicillatus LUCAS & FROST 1897|
Gymnodactylus laevis STERNFELD 1925 (fide LOVERIDGE 1934)
Diplodactylus conspicillatus — LOVERIDGE 1934
Diplodactylus conspicillatus — WERMUTH 1965: 23
Diplodactylus conspicillatus — RÖSLER 1995: 80
Diplodactylus conspicillatus — COGGER 2000: 217
Diplodactylus conspicillatus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia)|
Type locality: Charlotte Waters, Northern Territory.
|Types||Lectotype: NMV D7535, designated by Kluge 1967|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A large member of the D. conspicillatus group (max SVL 62 mm) with a bold canthal stripe and a greatly enlarged first supralabial (contacting ventral edge of nasal scale. Mid-dorsal scales on trunk plate-like and markedly larger than smaller dorsolateral scales. Scales on nape granular and only slightly larger than granules on side of neck. Original tail spade-like and lacking an acute attenuated extension at tip. Scales on dorsal surface of tail ar- ranged in transverse rows (which usually include rows of both large and small scales). Pattern generally spotted and often with numerous dark blotches that contrast strongly with base col- our (Fig. 7A–B in OLIVER et al. 2014).|
|Comment||Synonymy: Diplodactylus hillii LONGMAN 1915, D. platyurus PARKER 1926, and D. laevis STERNFELD 1925 have been removed from the synonymy of D. conspicillatus and revalidated by OLIVER et la. 2014.|
Group: (founding) member of Diplodactylus conspicillatus group.
Diet: termites, ants
Abundance: common, with more than 500 specimens collected (Pianka 2011). However, the D. conspicillatus species complex was split up into multiple species and several synonyms revalidated by OLIVER et al. 2015.