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Oedura cincta DE VIS, 1888

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesInland marbled velvet gecko 
SynonymOedura cincta DE VIS 1888
Oedura derelicta WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 14
Oedura cincta — OLIVER & DOUGHTY 2016 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, S Northern Territory, S Queensland, SE South Australia)

Type locality: Charleville, Queensland, Australia (lectotype locality)  
TypesLectotype: QM J226 (designated by OLIVER & DOUGHTY 2016); paralectotypes. AMS R5602, AMS R5603, localities as for lectotype.
Holotype: NTM R11413, from Jessie Gap, Alice Springs, Northern Territory [derelicta] 
CommentSynonymy: after OLIVER & DOUGHTY 2016. This species has been considered as a synonym of O. marmorata but was revalidated by OLIVER & DOUGHTY 2016. Oedura derelicta Wells & Wellington, 1985 was diagnosed from O. marmorata by ‘the lack of transverse banding’ in the latter species. This diagnosis was made citing photographs of Oedura ‘derelicta’ in Bustard (1970, Plate 24) and O. ‘marmorata’ in Cogger (1983, Plate 1983). In contrast to this statement, relative to other populations in the O. marmorata species complex, adult central Australian specimens often have weak or no transverse bands (Fig. 5 in OLIVER & DOUGHTY 2016), and the specimen figured by Bustard appears to be a subadult. The specimen of ‘O. marmorata’ figured by Cogger (1983) from Mt Brockman in the Northern Territory represents the species described as O. gemmata by King and Gow in 1983, one of the few members of the O. marmorata species complex that lacks transverse bands at all size classes. OLIVER & DOUGHTY 2016, however, consider O. derelicta as a junior synonym of O. cincta.

Distribution: see map in OLIVER & DOUGHTY 2016: 153 
  • Bustard, H. R. 1970. Australian Lizards. Sydney: Collins 162 pp.
  • Cogger,H.G. 1983. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 3th ed. Reed, Sydney, 660 pp.
  • De Vis, C. W. 1888. A contribution to the herpetology of Queensland. Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. (2) 2: 811-826 [1887] - get paper here
  • King,M. & Gow,G. 1983. A new species of Oedura (Gekkonidae: Reptilia) from the Alligator Rivers region of northern Australia. Copeia 1983 (2): 445-449 - get paper here
  • Oliver PM, McDonald PJ. 2016. Young relicts and old relicts: a novel palaeoendemic vertebrate from the Australian Central Uplands. R. Soc. open sci. 3: 160018 - 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
  • Wells, R. W. and Wellington, C. R. 1985. A classification of the Amphibia and Reptilia of Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology, Supplementary Series, (1):1-61. - get paper here
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