Oedura jowalbinna HOSKIN & HIGGIE, 2008
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Oedura jowalbinna?
|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Quinkan Velvet Gecko|
|Synonym||Oedura jowalbinna HOSKIN & HIGGIE 2008|
Oedura jowalbinna — OLIVER et al. 2012
Oedura jowalbinna — HOSKIN 2019
|Distribution||Australia (NE Queensland)|
Type locality: Pine Tree Ck, Jowalbinna Station, 34 km south-west of Laura, north-east Queensland (15°45′30″S, 144°12′15″E, elevation 250 m).
|Types||Holotype: QM J85932, female, C. J. Hoskin and M. Higgie, 23 November 2007. Paratype: QM J85933, male.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Oedura jowalbinna sp. nov. is a robust, medium-sized (SVL 60–69 mm) velvet gecko that can only be confused with its congeners. Oedura jowalbinna sp. nov. has a unique dorsal colour pattern. The dorsal surface of the body, head and limbs are pale pinkish grey with faint freckling, and the only distinct markings are two pale, dark-edged bands—one across the neck, the other across the base of the tail. The original tail is yellow with small dark spots.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||jowalbinna is the name of the cattle station on which the species was discovered. The common name ‘Quinkan Gecko’ is used because the sandstone escarpments of the Laura region are commonly referred to as the Quinkan region. Quinkans are ancestral spirit people that inhabit the sandstone escarpments in the Laura region (Ang-Gnarra Aboriginal Corporation 1995) and are commonly depicted at rock art sites, including at the type locality.|