Orraya occultus (COUPER, COVACEVICH & MORITZ, 1993)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Orraya occultus?
|Higher Taxa||Carphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Long-necked Northern Leaf-tailed|
|Synonym||Saltuarius occultus COUPER, COVACEVICH & MORITZ 1993|
Saltuarius occultus — COGGER 2000: 743
Orraya occultus — COUPER, SCHNEIDER, HOSKIN, COVACEVICH, 2000
Orraya occultus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Orraya occultus — COGGER 2014: 270
Type locality: Peach Ck, Mcnwraith Ra., 19km ENE of Mt Croll (13°45', 143°19') FNEQ. Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: QM (Queensland Museum) 137040, female|
|Comment||Type Species: Saltuarius occultus is the type species of the genus Orraya COUPER et al. 1993.|
DIAGNOSIS: S. occultus is a moderately spinose, mediumsized Saltuarius (maximum SVL 108mm). An extremely long, thin neck, a function of elongate neck vertebrae (Fig. lOa), mean % NUSVL 24.2; a series of enlarged, spinose tubercles fringing the regenerated tail; and three lumbar vertebrae (Fig. 12b) separate it from all its congeners. S. occultus resembles S. cornutus and S. salebrosus in having male pre-anal pores (Fig. 5a-c). These are not present in S. swaini (Fig. 5d). In S. occultus they are very pronounced, and form a raised cluster (vs not pronounced, only just visible without magnification, and flat) [from COUPER et al. 1993].
|Etymology||ETYMOLOGY: From the Latin - 'hidden' and so, difficult to find.|