Oedura gemmata KING & GOW, 1983
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Oedura gemmata?
|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Dotted Velvet Gecko, Jewelled Velvet Gecko|
|Synonym||Oedura marmorata — COGGER 1975 (partim)|
Oedura gemmata KING & GOW 1983
Oedura gemmata — KLUGE 1993
Oedura gemmata — COGGER 2000: 262
Oedura gemmata — OLIVER et al. 2012
|Distribution||Australia (N Northern Territory)|
Type locality: rock outcrop 5 km west of the South Alligator River on the Pine Creek to El Sharana road in the Northern Territory.
|Types||Holotype: NTM R9877 (as R9817), collected by M.E. King & P. King, 22.v.1981. See Horner (1999) for correction of registration number of holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis.-A large dorsoventrally compressed Oedura with a diamond shaped head, elongate body and wide, flat tail with a pointed mobile tip. This species is distinguished from all other Oedura by its striking coloration, back and tail pattern. The head and dorsal surface of the body have an irregular series of bright lemon yellow and light brown spots scattered over a jet black surface. The black tail has a number of narrow white bands along its length. Oedura marmorata, which is the species most similar to 0. gemmnatain its morphological characteristics, has a banded back pattern [from KING & GOW 1983].|
|Comment||Karyotype: 2n = 38 (King 1987)|
|Etymology||The specific name gemmata comes from the Latin for gem or jewel.|