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Oedura bella OLIVER & DOUGHTY, 2016

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesGulf marbled velvet gecko 
SynonymOedura bella OLIVER & DOUGHTY 2016 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland, Northern Territory, primarily around the western and southern edges of the Gulf of Carpentaria)

Type locality: 10 km south of Mt Isa on Boulia Road, Queensland, Australia (20.8617°S, 139.4617°E)  
TypesHolotype: QM J94016 (field number—OMAR #001), adult male with original tail, collected by P.M. Oliver, M. Vucko and M. Vickers, on 20 February 2007.
Paratypes. Northern Territory: AMS R53437–8, 37 km north of McArthur River base camp on Borroloola Road (16.10°S, 136.12°E); AMS R53467, Caranbirini Water Hole, 21 km north of McArthur River base camp (16.22°S, 136.15°E); AMS R53643, Glyde River, 10 km east of McArthur River base camp (16.43°S, 136.17°E); AMS R53782, 37 km north of McArthur River Camp (16.10°S, 136.12°E); SAMA R34188, McArthur River Station (16.67°S, 135.85°E). Queensland: NTM R21288, Musselbrook Reservoir (18.61°S, 138.08°E); SAMA R34208–9, SAMA R35425, Lawn Hill NP (18.58°S, 138.50°E); QM J52748, Lawn Hill Station, Century Project Site (18.75°S, 138.58°E); QM J74927, Hells Gate (17.47°S; 138.37°E); QM J75207–8, Lawn Hill (18.71°S, 138.48°E). 
CommentHabitat: primarily saxicoline, using both horizontal screes and vertical faces (including road cuttings), however, it has also been recorded under bark around the base of trees (but in rocky country) (G. Bourke, pers. comm., in OLIVER & DOUGHTY 2016). 
EtymologyFrom the Latin masculine adjective bellum (used in its feminine form), meaning amongst other things pretty, handsome, charming, fine, lovely, neat, pleasant, agreeable, active, gallant or good. In reference to the very attractive contrasting yellow and dark colour pattern of this species. 
  • Hagey TJ, Harte S, Vickers M, Harmon LJ, Schwarzkopf L 2017. There’s more than one way to climb a tree: Limb length and microhabitat use in lizards with toe pads. PLoS One 12 (9): e0184641 - get paper here
  • HOSKIN, CONRAD J.; STEPHEN M. ZOZAYA, ERIC VANDERDUYS 2018. A new species of velvet gecko (Diplodactylidae: Oedura) from sandstone habitats of inland north Queensland, Australia Zootaxa 4486 (2): 101–114 - get paper here
  • OLIVER, PAUL M.; PAUL DOUGHTY 2016. Systematic revision of the marbled velvet geckos (Oedura marmorata species complex, Diplodactylidae) from the Australian arid and semi-arid zones Zootaxa 4088 (2): 151–176 - get paper here
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