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Phyllurus kabikabi COUPER, HAMLEY & HOSKIN, 2008

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Higher TaxaCarphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPhyllurus kabikabi COUPER, HAMLEY & HOSKIN 2008
Phyllurus kabikabi — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Phyllurus kabikabi — COGGER 2014: 275
Phyllurus kabikabi — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 111 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Oakview Forest Reserve (26° 07’ 23”S 152° 19’ 01”E).  
TypesHolotype: QM J63857 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Phyllurus kabikabi sp. nov. is separated from all its congeners by the following combined characters: tail cylindrical; rostral scale fully divided; ventral surface of hindlimb lacking pronounced, raised tubercules. 
CommentCOMPARISON WITH SIMILAR SPECIES. Phyllurus kabikabi sp. nov. can only be confused with P. gulbaru Hoskin, Couper & Schneider and P. caudiannulatus, its congeners with cylindrical, non-depressed, tapering original and regenerated tails. It is readily separated from P. gulbaru by the condition of the rostral scale (rostral fully divided by rostral groove vs partially divided in P. gulbaru) and the number of pale bands on the original tail (5-6 vs 8 in P. gulbaru). P kabikabi sp. nov. is most similar to P. caudiannulatus, which is generally more spinose. It is readily separated by the scalation along the ventral surface of the hindlimb (uniform granules vs granules intermixed with pronounced, raised tubercules in P. caudiannulatus.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyDerived from Kabi Kabi (pronounced car-bee car-bee) to recognise the language group of the traditional owners of Oakview Forest Reserve. The name Kabi is derived from the traditional name Kav’ai or Kab’ai being the name for the native light grey bee and pronounced car-by. 
  • Chapple, David G.; Reid Tingley, Nicola J. Mitchell, Stewart L. Macdonald, J. Scott Keogh, Glenn M. Shea, Philip Bowles, Neil A. Cox, John C. Z. Woinarski 2019. The Action Plan for Australian Lizards and Snakes 2017. CSIRO, 663 pp. DOI: 10.1071/9781486309474 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Couper P.J.; Hamley, B.; Hoskin, C.J. 2008. A New Species of Phyllurus (Lacertailia: Gekkonidae) from the Kilkivan district of South-Eastern Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 52 (2): 139-147 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - 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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