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Oedura jowalbinna HOSKIN & HIGGIE, 2008

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Quinkan Velvet Gecko 
SynonymOedura jowalbinna HOSKIN & HIGGIE 2008
Oedura jowalbinna — OLIVER et al. 2012 
DistributionAustralia (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). Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: QM J85932, female, C. J. Hoskin and M. Higgie, 23 November 2007. Paratype: QM J85933, male. 
CommentDiagnosis: 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.

Habitat: rocks 
Etymologyjowalbinna 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. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Hoskin, C.J.; Higgie, M. 2008. A new species of velvet gecko (Diplodactylidae: Oedura) from north-east Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa 1788: 21–36 - get paper here
  • Oliver, Paul M.; Aaron M. Bauer, Eli Greenbaum, Todd Jackman, Tara Hobbie 2012. Molecular phylogenetics of the arboreal Australian gecko genus OeduraGray 1842 (Gekkota: Diplodactylidae): Another plesiomorphic grade?. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63 (2): 255-264 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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