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Heteronotia atra PEPPER, DOUGHTY, FUJITA, MORITZ & KEOGH, 2013

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesBlack Pilbara Gecko 
SynonymHeteronotia atra PEPPER, DOUGHTY, FUJITA, MORITZ & KEOGH 2013 
DistributionAustralia (WA: NW Pilbara region)

Type locality: 5 km south of Lake Poongkaliyarra, WA (-21.03590° S, 117.10658° E).  
TypesHolotype: WAM R110076 (male) collected on 10 October 2004 by J.K. Rolfe, L.A. Smith, and B. Durrant
Paratypes. — WAM R110056 (female), WAM R165222 (female), WAM R162439 (female) WAM R110075 (female), same location as holotype; WAM R163243 (male), 12.8 km southwest of Roebourne, WA (220.8877°S, 117.1017°E).

CommentHabitat. — Bare black boulder scree (Cooya Pooya dolerite) with scattered Triodia and shrubs. 
EtymologyThe specific name atra (Latin) means ‘black’, and refers to the melanic coloration. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Pepper, Mitzy; Paul Doughty, Matthew K. Fujita, Craig Moritz, J. Scott Keogh 2013. Speciation on the Rocks: Integrated Systematics of the Heteronotia spelea Species Complex (Gekkota; Reptilia) from Western and Central Australia. PLoS One 8 (11): e78110. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078110 - get paper here
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