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Gehyra purpurascens STORR, 1982

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesPurplish Dtella 
SynonymGehyra purpurascens STORR 1982
Gehyra pilbara — BÖRNER & SCHÜTTLER 1983 (partim)
Dactyloperus purpurascens — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Gehyra purpurascens — KLUGE 1993
Gehyra purpurascens — COGGER 2000: 243
Gehyra purpurascens — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia)

Type locality: 3.5 km NE of Comet Vale, Western Australia, in 29°55'S, 121°08'E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R72660 
CommentGroup: member of the G. variegata-punctata species complex.

Abundance: quite ommon, with more than 400 specimens collected (Pianka 2011)

Distribution: see map in Kealley et al. 2018: 4 (Fig. 1). 
EtymologyThe name purpurascens is Latin for 'purplish'. 
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  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • 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
  • Ezaz, T. et al. 2009. Sex Chromosome Evolution in Lizards: Independent Origins and Rapid Transitions. Cytogenet Genome Res 127: 249-260 - get paper here
  • Fallend, S. 2007. Auf Geckosuche in Australien. Draco 8 (29): 78-84 - get paper here
  • Kealley, Luke; Paul Doughty, Mitzy Pepper, J. Scott Keogh, Mia Hillyer and Joel Huey 2018. Conspicuously concealed: revision of the arid clade of the Gehyra variegata (Gekkonidae) group in Western Australia using an integrative molecular and morphological approach, with the description of five cryptic species. PeerJ 6:e5334; DOI 10.7717/peerj.5334 - get paper here
  • 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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