Nebulifera robusta (BOULENGER, 1885)
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|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Robust Velvet Gecko, Robust Gecko|
|Synonym||Oedura robusta BOULENGER 1885: 106|
Amalosia robusta — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Oedura robusta — KLUGE 1993
Oedura robusta — COGGER 2000: 266
Oedura robusta — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 98
Nebulifera robusta — OLIVER et al. 2012
|Distribution||Australia (NE New South Wales, E Queensland northward to Atherton Tableland)|
Type locality: Australia
|Types||Lectotype: BMNH 188.8.131.52 (designated by Wells & Wellington 1985).|
|Comment||Type species: Oedura robusta BOULENGER 1885 is the type species of the genus Nebulifera OLIVER et al. 2012.|
Definition (genus): A monotypic genus of the Diplodactylidae (sensu Han et al., 2004) distinguished from all genera formally placed in the genus Oedura by the combination of (1) minute granular dorsal scales much smaller than ventrals, (2) dorsal pattern relatively simple and consisting of large light grey botches on a dark brown background, (3) two to five cloacal spurs, (4) no evidence of a vertebral stripe, (5) moderately large size (up to 80 mm), and (6) strongly depressed and widened tail (as op- posed to relatively narrow and often round in cross section). Characters 1–2 specifically diagnose this genus against Oedura, while characters 4–6 diagnose this genus from Amalosia [from OLIVER et al. 2012].
Karyotype: 2n = 38 including both metacentric and acrocentric elements, although the exact number of each was not specified (King, 1987).
Habitat: N. robusta is ecologically flexible and readily adapts to arboreal and saxicoline habitats in warm temperate to subtropical woodland and open forest. It also copes moderately well with dis- turbance, surviving in pockets of suitable habitat within urbanised areas (such as Kangaroo Cliffs near the centre of Brisbane) and fre- quently colonises buildings close to bushland.
|Etymology||Etymology (genus): ‘‘cloud-bearer’’ from the Latin nebulo (cloud) and fera (bearer), in reference to the light blotches along the dorsum. The generic name is feminine.|
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