Gehyra punctata (FRY, 1914)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gehyra punctata?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Spotted Dtella, Spotted Gecko|
Pilbara Spotted Gecko [fenestra]
|Synonym||Peropus 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
|Distribution||Australia (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.
|Types||Holotype: WAM 52122-4|
Holotype: WAM 20199, collected by F. J. MITCHELL and W. H. BUTLER on the 25th July, 1958 [fenestra]
|Comment||Group: 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].
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