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

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesPale-headed Gecko 
SynonymHeteronotia fasciolatus PEPPER, DOUGHTY, FUJITA, MORITZ & KEOGH 2013
Heteronotia fasciolata — COGGER 2014: 976 
DistributionAustralia (NT)

Type locality: Harts Range racecourse, central Australia, NT (-23.02284°S, 134.93135°E),  
TypesHolotype: NTM R36284 (male), collected on 3 June 2010 by M. Fujita, M. Pepper, and C. Moritz.
Paratypes. — MCZ 188177 Harts Range racecourse (-23.02284°S, 134.93135°E); MCZ 188183 (male) Tylers Pass, NT (-23.62938°S, 132.35660°E); MCZ 188182 (male), Ormiston Gorge, NT (-23.63799uS, 132.73291uE); NTM R36288 (female)
Tylers Pass, NT (-23.62938°S, 132.35660°E); NTM R36297 (male), Ormiston Gorge, NT (223.63799°S, 132.73291°E). 
CommentHabitat. — Sheltering among rocks naturally, but can be found among human-made structures such as sheet metal in rocky surrounds.

Similar species: H. binoei (see sympatry)

Sympatry: the CA6 chromosome race of H. binoei in central Australia. Here H. binoei also posess a banded morphology, with occasional samples strikingly similar to H. fasciolatus. 
EtymologyIn a PhD thesis, Stewart (1996) informally proposed the name H. fasciolatus based on four karyotyped specimens from Undoolya Station in Central Australia. Fasciolatus is a diminutive of the Latin fascia, meaning ‘band’. 
  • 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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