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Diplodactylus custos COUPER, OLIVER & PEPPER, 2014

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesKimberley Fat-tailed gecko 
SynonymDiplodactylus custos COUPER, OLIVER & PEPPER in OLIVER et al. 2014: 39 
DistributionAustralia (NE Western Australia)

Type locality: The Grotto (15° 43’ 04” S, 128° 15’ 35” E) WA  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. WAM R164780.
Paratypes. WAM R77417, Port Warrender (14° 34’ S, 125° 48’ 15” E) WA; WAM R78243, Mitchell Plateau (14° 44’ S, 125° 44’ E) WA; WAM R172916, Doongan Stn (15° 13’ 44.5” S, 125° 12’ 30.4” E) WA; WAM R132713, 30km SSE Wyndham (15° 42’ 43” S, 128° 15’ 56” E) WA; SAMA R63942, The Grotto (15° 43’ 04” S, 128° 15’ 35” E) WA; WAM R162453, 20km W Kununurra (15° 45’ 59” S, 128° 40’ 18” S) WA;WAM R85120-21, Kununurra (15° 46’ S, 128°44’ E) WA; WAM R119666, Cockburn Ra. (15° 50’ S, 128° 02’ E) WA; WAM R172853, Ellen- brae Stn (15° 59’ 02” S, 127° 03’ 14” E) WA; WAM R145042, Koolan Island (16° 07’ 54” S, 123° 45’ 29” E) WA; WAM R11255, Wotjulum (16° 11’ S, 123° 37’ E) WA; WAM R172675, Talbot Bay (16° 20’ 07” S, 124° 03’ 10” E) WA; WAM R70374, near Lissadell homestead (16° 40’ S, 128° 23’ 13” E) WA; WAM R103420, WAM R103448, Bungle Bungle NP (17° 24’ S, 128° 45’ E) WA. 
CommentDistribution: see map in OLIVER et al. 2014 (Fig. 3). 
EtymologyFrom the latin for guard, with reference to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) and their ambitious and effective conservation and research programs in the Kimberley (where this species is endemic) and elsewhere in Australia. Used as a noun in apposition. 
References
  • Oliver PM, Couper PJ, Pepper M 2014. Independent Transitions between Monsoonal and Arid Biomes Revealed by Systematic Revison of a Complex of Australian Geckos (Diplodactylus; Diplodactylidae). PLoS One 9 (12): e111895. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111895 - get paper here
 
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