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Diplodactylus savagei KLUGE, 1963

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Yellow-spotted Pilbara Gecko 
SynonymDiplodactylus savagei KLUGE 1963
Manwellisaurus savagei — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1989
Diplodactylus savagei — KLUGE 1993
Diplodactylus savagei — COGGER 2000: 225
Diplodactylus savagei — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Pilbara, Ashburton, Western Australia)

Type locality: Marble Bar, Pilbara Division, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R14369 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Differentiated from D. galaxias sp. nov. in having slightly larger body size, more gabled dorsal scales, slightly shorter and wider tail, heavy yellowish spots that form transverse rows (not scattered fine spots) on darker reddish-brown background colour, pale dorsal border to dark loreal stripe rarely present and dorsal-ventral colouration transition abrupt or marked by spots or stippling (not gradual). 
CommentGroup: Diplodactylus conspicillatus group. 
EtymologyNamed after American herpetologist Jay M. Savage (born 1928). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Donnelly, Maureen A. D 2013. Jay M. Savage. Copeia Dec 2013, Vol. 2013, No. 4: 757-767. - get paper here
  • Doughty, P.; Pepper, Mitzy; J. Scott Keogh 2010. Morphological and molecular assessment of the Diplodactylus savagei species complex in the Pilbara region, Western Australia, with a description of a new species. Zootaxa 2393: 33–45 - get paper here
  • Ellis, Ryan J.; Paul Doughty and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. An annotated type catalogue of the geckos and pygopods (Squamata: Gekkota: Carphodactylidae, Diplodactylidae, Gekkonidae, Pygopodidae) in the collection of the Western Australian Museum. Records of the Western Australian Museum 33: 051–094 - get paper here
  • Kluge, A. G. 1963. Three new species of the gekkonid lizard genus Diplodactylus Gray from Australia. Rec. South Austral. Mus. 14: 545-553 - get paper here
  • Pepper, Mitzy; Paul Doughty, J. Scott Keogh 2006. Molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of the Australian Diplodactylus stenodactylus (Gekkota; Reptilia) species-group based on mitochondrial and nuclear genes reveals an ancient split between Pilbara and non-Pilbara D. stenodactylus. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 41: 539–555 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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