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Gehyra punctata (FRY, 1914)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesSpotted Dtella, Spotted Gecko
Pilbara Spotted Gecko [fenestra] 
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
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 
DistributionAustralia (West Australia including the Pilbara, Kimberley district, Yalgoo district)

Type locality: Strelley River, Pilbara, West Australia.

fenestra: Australia (West Australia); Type locality: rock crevice near summit of Mt. Herbert.  
TypesHolotype: WAM 52122-4
Holotype: WAM 20199, collected by F. J. MITCHELL and W. H. BUTLER on the 25th July, 1958 [fenestra] 
CommentGroup: Member of the G. variegata-punctata species complex.

Synonymy: 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.

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].

Diagnosis (fenestra): Head and body strongly depressed. Three sternal and two mesosternal ribs; clavicles with large mesial dilations and prominent foramina; lateral coracoidal fenestra large, oval and clearly defined. Two fenestra in each pubis. Subapical pads well-developed with 9-11 divided lamellae. Colour pattern fawn with strongly contrasting paler and darker spots which tend to be disposed in transverse series. The mean snout - vent length of 9 specimens considered to be adult is 56 mm [from MITCHELL 1965]. 
  • 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
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • 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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