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Diplodactylus wiru HUTCHINSON, DOUGHTY & OLIVER, 2009

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesDesert Wood Gecko 
SynonymDiplodactylus wiru HUTCHINSON, DOUGHTY & OLIVER 2009
Diplodactylus 'GVD' — OLIVER et al., 2007
Diplodactylus wiru — WILSON & SWAN 2010 

Type locality: 15 km S of Mount Finke, SA (31º 02' 02" S, 134º 02' 45" E).  
TypesHolotype: SAMA R59908, adult male, collected by D. Armstrong on 27 November 2004. 
CommentDiagnosis. A moderate-sized member of the D. vittatus complex, showing relatively little variation compared with other members of the complex. Well-developed, almost straight-edged to zigzag dorsal stripe always present, broadly bordered by black; light dorsal colour extends on to occiput as a pale cap with somewhat darker centre, but no well-defined bifurcate pattern; flanks dark grey with one or more rows of well-defined, dark-edged circular spots.

Karyotype. 2n=38, all acrocentric (King 1977). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is an adjective from the western desert languages (e.g. Pitjantjatjara, Ngaatjatjarra), wiru meaning 'beautiful' or 'fine' (Goddard 1996); chosen to highlight the bold markings of this species. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • HUTCHINSON, MARK N.; PAUL DOUGHTY & PAUL M. OLIVER 2009. Taxonomic revision of the stone geckos (Squamata: Diplodactylidae: Diplodactylus) of southern Australia. Zootaxa 2167: 25-46 - 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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