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Gehyra punctata (FRY, 1914)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesSpotted Dtella, Spotted Gecko 
SynonymPeropus variegatus var. punctatus FRY 1914
Gehyra variegata - LUCAS & FROST 1896 (partim)
Peropus variegatus - ZIETZ 1920 (partim)
Peropus variegatus punctatus - LOVERIDGE 1934
Gehyra variegata punctata - MITCHELL 1955 (partim)
Gehyra variegatus punctatus — GLAUERT 1955
Gehyra punctata - WORRELL 1963
Dactyloperus punctata - WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Dactyloperus punctatus - WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Gehyra punctata — KLUGE 1993
Gehyra punctata — COGGER 2000: 243
Gehyra punctata — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (West Australia including the Pilbara, Kimberley district, Yalgoo district)

Type locality: Strelley River, Pilbara, West Australia.  
TypesHolotype: WAM 52122-4 
CommentGroup: Member of the G. variegata-punctata species complex.

The taxon is apparently a composite of several chromosomally distinct species. Gehyra fenestra MITCHELL 1965 has been considered as a synonymy of G. punctata. Gehyra punctata is listed as a synonym of G. variegata by WERMUTH (1965: 36) following CHRAPLIWY et al. 1961.

Diagnosis: A medium-sized rock-inhabiting Gehyra with depressed head and body, swollen nostril region, boldly patterned upper surfaces (large dark and pale spots arranged in alternating transverse rows on back and tail), and large chin-shields, the anterior pair usually in contact with second lower labial [STORR 1982: 57]. 
  • Chrapliwy, P. S., H. M. Smith, and C. Grant. 1961. Systematic status of the geckonid lizard genera Gehyra, Peropus, Hoplodactylus and Naultinus. Herpetologica 17: 5-12 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • 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. 1955. Herpetological Miscellanea. V. Western Australian geckoes. Western Australian Naturalist 4: 174-184
  • Mitchell, F. J. 1965. Australian geckos assigned to the genus Gehyra Gray (Reptilia, Gekkonidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 46: 287—319
  • Storr, G. M. 1982. Two new Gehyra (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) from Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 10: 53—59. - 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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