Gehyra montium STORR, 1982
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gehyra montium?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Centralian Dtella|
|Synonym||Gehyra punctata — MITCHELL 1965 (partim)|
Gehyra montium STORR 1982
Dactyloperus montium — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Gehyra montium — KLUGE 1993
Gehyra montium — COGGER 2000: 239
Gehyra montium — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (C/S Northern Territory, NW South Australia, E Western Australia)|
Type locality: Mt Lindsay, South Australia, in 27°02'S, 129°53'E.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R31732|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A small rock-inhabiting Gehyra, most like G. variegata but slightly smaller (SVL up to 50, v. up to 54 mm) and with ground colour reddish (rather than brownish), pale dorsal spots usually detached from dark markings (in variegata the white spots or short white transverse bars are contiguous to posterior edge of dark transverse bars and are partly enclosed by these bars when they curve concavely backwards), and top of rostral less acutely gable-shaped. Further distinguishable from G. pilbara by first upper labial not higher than second, and from G. purpurascens by larger postnasal and presence of pale spots on head and back.|
Diagnosis. Distinguished from other Australian Gehyra by a combination of modally seven divided scansors under the expanded portion of the fourth toe, small to moderate size, generally two pairs of enlarged chin shields, second infralabial notched, a dorsal colour pattern combining pinkish brown to rufous colouring (in life) usually patterned by small pale spots interspersed in a continuous network of irregular, dark lines, and a karyotype of 2n=42a (illustrated in King 1979, fig. 9; Moritz 1986, fig. 3). Distinguished from some other rock dwelling species (G. minuta, G. moritzi sp. nov. and G. pulingka sp. nov.) by more reticulate dorsal pattern and often weak contrast of pale spots. Most similar to G. variegata and G. versicolor sp. nov. but somewhat smaller and usually more rufous in colouring with dorsal white markings consisting of small poorly contrasting dots (readily lost in preservative) that are not consistently coordinated with the dark markings.
This diagnosis applies to populations of Gehyra genetically assignable to the “montium clade” of Sistrom et al. (2013). [HUTCHINSON et al. 2014]
|Comment||Group: Member of the Gehyra variegata-punctata species complex.|
Distribution: see map in Kealley et al. 2018: 4 (Fig. 1).