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Diplodactylus pulcher (STEINDACHNER, 1870)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesFine-faced Gecko 
SynonymStenodactylopsis pulcher STEINDACHNER 1870
Diplodactylus pulcher - GÜNTHER 1885: 102
Diplodactylus pulcher — BOULENGER 1885: 102
Diplodactylus bilineatus LUCAS & FROST 1903 (fide LOVERIDGE 1934)
Diplodactylus pulcher var. dorsotaeniata PELLEGRIN 1909
Diplodactylus pulcher var. pulcher WERNER 1910
Diplodactylus pulcher var. dorsalis WERNER 1910
Diplodactylus lucasi FRY 1914 (nom. subst. for D. bilineatus LUCAS & FROST)
Diplodactylus pulcher — WERMUTH 1965: 24
Diplodactylus dorsalis - WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Diplodactylus pulcher — KLUGE 1993
Diplodactylus pulcher — COGGER 2000: 224
Diplodactylus pulcher — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 180
Diplodactylus pulcher — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (NW South Australia, W/S West Australia)

Type locality: Swan River, West Australia. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesLectotype: NMW 17572:3 (Stenodactylus pulcher) (des. by Kluge 1967) = Syntype fide TIEDEMANN et al. 1994.
Holotype: NMV D7570 (Diplodactylus bilineatus)
Holotype: MNHN 1909-190 (D. pulcher var. dorsotaeniata) 
Commentvariously assigned to the D. vittatus or D. conspicillatus groups. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “pulcher” = beautiful, handsome, fine, fair. 
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  • Doughty, Paul; Oliver, Paul; Adams, Mark 2008. Systematics of stone geckos in the genus Diplodactylus (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae) from northwestern Australia, with a description of a new species from the Northwest Cape, Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 24: 247-265 - get paper here
  • Fry, D. B. 1914. On a collection of reptiles and batrachians from Western Australia. Rec. West. Austral. Mus. 1:174-210 - get paper here
  • Glauert, L. 1956. Geckonidae (Part II). Western Australian Naturalist 5 (3): 49-56
  • Kinghorn, J. Roy 1929. Herpetological notes No. I. Rec. Austral. Mus. 17 (2): 76-84 - get paper here
  • Lucas, A. H. S., and C. Frost 1903. Description of two new Australian lizards, Varanus spenceri and Diplodactylus bilineatus. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 15:145—147. - get paper here
  • Oliver, Paul; Andrew Hugall, Mark Adams, Steven J.B. Cooper and Mark Hutchinson 2007. Genetic elucidation of cryptic and ancient diversity in a group of Australian diplodactyline geckos: The Diplodactylus vittatus complex. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 44 (1): 77-88 - get paper here
  • Pellegrin, J. 1909. Sur une collection de lézards de l’Australie occidentale. Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France, 34:241—245.
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  • Steindachner, F. 1870. Herpetologische Notizen (Il). Reptilien gesammelt Während einer Reise in Sengambien. Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien, 62: 326-348. - get paper here
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  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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