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Gehyra versicolor HUTCHINSON, SISTROM, DONNELLAN & HUTCHINSON, 2014

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymGehyra versicolor HUTCHINSON, SISTROM, DONNELLAN & HUTCHINSON 2014 
DistributionE Australia (N Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, S/C Northern Territory)

Type locality: 1.9 km SW of Reedy Hole Springs, Flinders Ranges, South Australia (30° 15’ 55ˮ S, 138° 49’ 30ˮ E) Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: SAMA R51968K collected by J. Bice, on 19 November, 1998 (Fig. 7A).
Paratypes (n=28; all genotyped as ‘Clade 5’): SAMA: R26185, Birdsville, Qld (25° 54’S, 139° 21’E), R28201, 1 km S Mt Dutton, SA (27° 49’S, 135° 43’E), R34249, 7 km E Mount Isa, Qld (20° 43’S, 139° 43’E), R38930, Yudnamatana, SA (30° 10’S, 139° 17’E), R38942, R38945, Lancoona HS, NSW (32° 22’S, 145° 53’E), R50277, 7 km SSE Mt Deception, Beltana Station, SA (30° 46’S, 138° 17’E), R51609K, 26.1 km ENE of Mimili, SA (26° 54’ 43” S, 132° 56’ 55” E), R51637K, 30.3 km WNW Indulkana, SA (26° 52’ 09” S, 133° 01’ 29” E), R51760K, 1.75 km W Yudnamutana Bore, SA (30° 10’S, 139° 16’E), R51782K, 10.4 km SW Yudnamutana Bore, SA (30° 14’S, 139° 11’E), R51912, 0.5 km NW Nudlamutana Well, SA (30° 22’S, 139° 21’E), R51962K, 2.8 km W Moosha Bore, SA (30° 19’S, 138° 47’E), R52366, 4.7 km W Parachilna Hill, SA (31° 08’S, 138° 33’E), R54530, 4.5 km N Station Creek crossing, Prairie–Muttaburra road, Qld (22° 02’S, 144° 37’E), R54546–47, 14 km NW Longreach on Landsborough Highway, Qld (23° 21’S, 143° 12’E), R55133, 2.7 km E Gluepot HS, SA (33° 45’S, 140° 09’E), R55268, Phosphate Hill mine, ‘Snappy Site’, Qld (21° 53’S, 139° 59’E), R55695–96, 13.4 km NNE Hughenden on Kennedy Developmental Road, Qld (20° 47’S, 144° 19’E), R55905, 9 km N New South Wales/Queensland border on Mitchell Highway, Qld (28° 58’S, 145° 44’E), R57970, 30.1 km SSW Memory Bore, SA (28° 53’S, 132° 44’E), R63576, Mutawintja NP, NSW (31° 17’S, 142° 18’E), R64097, Terrapinna Springs, SA (29° 55’S, 139° 40’E), R64443, Mt Fitton HS, SA (28° 59’S, 139° 33’E), R64447, 17 km E Mt Fitton HS, SA (29° 54’S, 139° 25’E), R64549, 1.3 km WNW Nantawarrinna, SA (30° 49’S, 138° 58’E), R64863, 6.9 km WNW Arkaroola HS (30° 18’S, 139° 19’E). 
CommentThis species includes all of the eastern Australian populations formerly assigned to G. variegata.

Diagnosis. Morphologically shares the external features of G. variegata (see above) but distinguished from that species by karyotype (2n=40a or 2n=38a) (Fig. 2C–D). As with G. variegata, G. versicolor is most similar G. montium but distinguished by grey to brown rather than more rufous dorsal colouring, with white markings that form a posterior highlight or margin on the trailing edge of the dark dorsal lines, rather than forming discrete circular dots that are not coordinated with the dark markings. This diagnosis applies to populations of Gehyra genetically assignable to “Clade 5” of Sistrom et al. (2013). From Hutchinson et al. 2014.

Karyotype: 2n=40a and 2n=38 
EtymologyThe specific name chosen here is from the Latin meaning ‘variable in colour’, appropriate for a species that shows considerable individual and geographic variation. Given the very wide distribution of the species it is somewhat surprising that no older name appears to be available for it in the synonymy of G. variegata. Cogger et al. (1983) listed several synonyms of Gehyra variegata. Subsequently, these have proven to be based on specimens attributable to other Australian Gehyra species groups, especially eastern species related to G. australis (Bauer & Henle 1994; Shea 1995). Other possible synonyms were discussed by Sistrom et al. (2009) in reference to G. lazelli; none apply to G. versicolor (HUTCHINSON et al. 2014) 
References
  • HUTCHINSON, MARK N.; MARK J. SISTROM, STEPHEN C. DONNELLAN <br />& RHONDA G. HUTCHINSON 2014. Taxonomic revision of the Australian arid zone lizards Gehyra variegata and G. montium (Squamata, Gekkonidae) with description of three new species. Zootaxa 3814 (2): 221–241 - get paper here
 
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