Phyllurus isis COUPER, COVACEVICH & MORITZ, 1993
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Phyllurus isis?
|Higher Taxa||Carphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Phyllurus isis COUPER, COVACEVICH & MORITZ 1993|
Phyllurus isis — COGGER 2000: 742
Phyllurus isis — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Phyllurus isis — COGGER 2014: 274
|Distribution||Australia (Queensland: Mt Blackwood (21°02', 148°56') and Mt Jukes (21 °02', 148°57'), Mackay district, MEQ)|
Type locality: Mt Blackwood NP (21°02',148°56'), MEQ.
|Types||Holotype: QM J53511, gravid female; paratypes: QM|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS P. isis is the least spinose and smallest Phyllurus (maximum SVL 76mm). It most resembles P. ossa. From P. ossa it is distinguished by rostral grooves (a single groove partially dividing the rostral, Fig. 7e vs 2-3 grooves, usually 3, rarely 1, partially dividing the rostral, Fig. 7f-h). It is further distinguished from P. ossa by the size of its flank tubercules (small vs moderate). P. isis is readily distinguished from P. caudiannulatus by the shape of both its original and regrown tail (flared vs cylindrical) and by the nature of the rostral groove (rostral partially divided, Fig. 7 e vs rostral fully divided, Fig. 7 a); from P. nepthys by ventral colour pattern (immaculate vs 'peppered' brown); from P. platurus by original tail colour pattern (distinctly banded white vs lacking white bands) [from COUPER et al. 1993].|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||Selected from Egyptian mythology (Mackenzie, 1978). The epithet is to be treated as a noun in apposition.|
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