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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Spotted Pilbara Rock Gehyra, Spotted Dtella, Spotted Gecko
Pilbara Spotted Gecko [fenestra] 
SynonymPeropus variegatus var. punctatus FRY 1914: 178
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
Gehyra fenestra MITCHELL 1965
Dactyloperus punctata — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Dactyloperus punctatus — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Gehyra punctata — KLUGE 1993
Gehyra fenestra — BAUER 1994: 81
Gehyra fenestra — RÖSLER 2000: 80
Gehyra punctata — COGGER 2000: 243
Gehyra punctata — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Gehyra punctata — DOUGHTY et al. 2018: 11 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Pilbara craton, except the
northern portion of the Pilbara where it is replaced by G. macra, isolated populations in the western edge of the Little Sandy Desert; Barrow Island)

Type locality: Strelley River, Pilbara, Western Australia (20°33'S, 119°00'E)

fenestra: Australia (Western Australia); Type locality: rock crevice near summit of Mt. Herbert (~21.33°S, 117.22°E)  
TypesLectotype: WAM R176100. formerly 9879; subadult female (designated by Doughty et al. 2018)
Holotype: WAM 52122-4
Holotype: WAM 20199, collected by F. J. MITCHELL and W. H. BUTLER on the 25th July, 1958; Paratypes: WAM R20198, ‘roof of cave near Tambrey Homestead’; WAM R20200, ‘under rock, Big Hill Pool’; WAM R20201, ‘rocks on table-land behind Tambrey Homestead’; WAM R20202, ‘under rocks on the side of Mt. Herbert’; SAMA R496, ‘under rocks on the side of Mt. Herbert’; SAMA R4597, R4601–2, ‘3 specimens from table-land behind Tambrey Homestead’; SAMA R4600, ‘summit of Mt. Herbert’ [fenestra] 
CommentGroup: Member of the G. variegata-punctata species complex. Note that Doughty et al. 2018 split up G. punctata into many species distributed across the Pilbara region.

Synonymy: Zietz (1920) synonymised punctata with variegata, only for this to be reversed by Loveridge (1934), who retained punctata as a subspecies of G. variegata. The taxon is apparently a composite of several chromosomally distinct species. Gehyra fenestra MITCHELL 1965 has been synonymized with G. punctata by Storr 1982, 1990, an opinion maintained by Horner 2005. Gehyra punctata is listed as a synonym of G. variegata by WERMUTH (1965: 36) following CHRAPLIWY et al. 1961. Storr (1982) synonymised G. fenestra with G. punctata based on an overlap of characters.

Distribution: see map in Doughty et al. 2018: 7 (Fig. 2). 
EtymologyPunctata means ‘small spots’. Fry would have been using this name in reference to the spotted pattern in G. punctata as opposed to the network of irregular lines in G. variegata and other arboreal species. 
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  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
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  • Doughty, Paul; Aaron M. Bauer, Mitzy Pepper and J. Scott Keogh 2018. Spots before the eyes: revision of the saxicoline geckos of the Gehyra punctata (Squamata: Gekkonidae) species complex in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. RECORDS OF THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM 001–050 - 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
  • 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
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  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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