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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesNorthern Spotted Rock gecko (or Dtella) 
SynonymGehyra nana STORR 1978
Gehyra punctata — KING 1979 (partim)
Dactyloperus nana — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Gehyra nana — KLUGE 1993
Gehyra nana — COGGER 2000: 239
Gehyra nana — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)

Type locality: King Edward River, "presumably 14° 52’ S, 126° 12’ E", W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R28214, adult male, collected on 8 June 1965 by A.K. Lee; Paratypes (94): WAM, MCZ 
CommentBelongs to the Gehyra variegata-punctata species complex, or more specifically to the G. nana complex that has a number of undescribed species (Moritz et al. 2017).

Habitat. This species has been collected from sandstone and other rock formations in open woodlands. Occurs under large flat rocks on open sandstone platforms as well as rocky creeks and gorges, including scree. Occasionally found on trees, but always near rocky outcrops. It is generally found among small boulders and loose rock rubble, but can occur on larger open rock faces in the absence of larger Gehyra species such as G. koira Horner or G. pseudopunctata sp. nov. 
EtymologyStorr used the word nana (Latin), meaning small, to describe this small-bodied species relative to larger forms of Gehyra. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • DOUGHTY, PAUL; GAYLEEN BOURKE, LEONARDO G. TEDESCHI, RENAE C. PRATT, PAUL M. OLIVER, RUSSELL A. PALMER, CRAIG MORITZ 2018. Species delimitation in the Gehyra nana (Squamata: Gekkonidae) complex: cryptic and divergent morphological evolution in the Australian Monsoonal Tropics, with the description of four new species Zootaxa 4403 (2): 201–244 - get paper here
  • Moritz, C. C., Pratt, R. C., Bank, S., Bourke, G., Bragg, J. G., Doughty, P., Keogh, J. S., Laver, R. J., Potter, S., Teasdale, L. C., Tedeschi, L. G. and Oliver, P. M. 2017. Cryptic lineage diversity, body size divergence, and sympatry in a species complex of Australian lizards (Gehyra). Evolution doi:10.1111/evo.13380
  • OLIVER, PAUL M.; GAYLEEN BOURKE, RENAE C. PRATT, PAUL DOUGHTY, CRAIG MORITZ 2016. Systematics of small Gehyra (Squamata: Gekkonidae) of the southern Kimberley, Western Australia: redescription of G. kimberleyi Börner & Schüttler, 1983 and description of a new restricted range species Zootaxa 4107 (1): 049–064 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1978. Seven new gekkonid lizards from Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 6: 337-352 - 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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