You are here » home advanced search search results Heteronotia atra

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

Can you confirm these amateur observations of Heteronotia atra?

Add your own observation of
Heteronotia atra »

We have no photos, try to find some by Google images search: Google images

Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
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).  
Reproduction 
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).


°E). 
CommentDiagnosis. — Distinguished from congeners by large body size (to 62.5 mm SVL), gracile habitus, elongate head (to 11.72 mm HeadW), long slender limbs and tail, greatly enlarged tympanum, typically 10 supralabials and 8 infralabials, enlarged dorsal tubercles in contact with each other at anterior and posterior edges of scale and usually to either side or separated with at most a few small granules, and melanistic ‘charcoal’ coloration.

Comparisons with other species. — Heteronotia atra sp. nov. can be distinguished from H. spelea and H. fasciolatus sp. nov. by the melanic ‘charcoal’ colouration and greatly enlarged external ear opening. The enlarged dorsal tubercles are almost in contact, with few small granular scales in between, in contrast to H. spelea and H. fasciolatus sp. nov. where the enlarged tubercles are spaced more widely apart.

Habitat. — 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. 
References
  • 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
 
External links  
Is it interesting? Share with others:

As link to this species use URL address:

http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Heteronotia&species=atra

without field 'search_param'. Field 'search_param' is used for browsing search result.



Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator