Heteronotia spelea (KLUGE, 1963)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Heteronotia spelea?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Pilbara Cave Gecko, Cave Prickly Gecko, Desert Cave Gecko|
|Synonym||Heteronota spelea KLUGE 1963|
Heteronotia spelea — WERMUTH 1965
Heteronotia spelea — KLUGE 1993
Heteronotia spelea — COGGER 2000: 248
Heteronotia spelea — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (Western Australia: Pilbara Plateau south to the Hamersley Range; Kennedy Range)|
Type locality: "Prophecy West" mine at Bamboo Creek, Marble Bar District, W. A.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R12638, female|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A moderately large, long-tailed Heteronotia with bold pattern of dark straight-edged transverse nuchal, dorsal and caudal bands, distinguishable from H. planiceps by temporal stripe in contact with nuchal band but not with occipital band [from STORR 1989].|
Diagnosis. Distinguished from congeners by medium body size (to 55.5 mm SVL), gracile habitus, elongate head (to 11.28 mm HeadW), long slender limbs and tail, small tympanum, typically 9 or 10 supralabials and 7 or 8 infralabials, enlarged dorsal tubercles surrounded by at least one smaller granule, dorsum with four or five strongly-contrasting dark bands from nape to hind limbs, and bands with straight edges [PEPPER et al. 2013]
|Comment||Closely related to Heteronotia planiceps, but the relationship has not been resolved.|
|Etymology||spelea refers to this species’ cave-dwelling habits.|