Heteronotia atra PEPPER, DOUGHTY, FUJITA, MORITZ & KEOGH, 2013
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|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Black Pilbara Gecko|
|Synonym||Heteronotia atra PEPPER, DOUGHTY, FUJITA, MORITZ & KEOGH 2013|
|Distribution||Australia (WA: NW Pilbara region)|
Type locality: 5 km south of Lake Poongkaliyarra, WA (-21.03590° S, 117.10658° E).
|Types||Holotype: 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).
|Comment||Diagnosis. — 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.
|Etymology||The specific name atra (Latin) means ‘black’, and refers to the melanic coloration.|
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