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Pygopus robertsi OLIVER, COUPER & AMEY, 2010

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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymPygopus robertsi OLIVER, COUPER & AMEY 2010 
DistributionAustralia (N Queensland)

Type locality: Little Forks, Shipton's Flat, via Cooktown, 15° 47' S, 145° 15' E, Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: QM J47145, male, collected by Lewis Roberts (registered 28 Aug. 1987)
Paratypes. QM J3899, sex not determined, Yungaburra, 17° 16' 0" S, 145° 35' 0" E; QM J57778, female, Heathlands area, 11° 44' 0" S, 142° 32' 0" E; QM J58986, male, 10.5km NE of Heathlands, 11° 41' 0" S, 142° 39' 0"E. 
CommentGeneric diagnosis. A species in the genus Pygopus as defined by the following combination of character states: dorsal surface of head covered with large and small scales, 3 to 5 postmental scales, 21 or more midbody scale rows, dorsal body scales usually keeled and adults of both sexes with 9 or more precloacal pores (Kluge 1974).

Specific diagnosis. Pygopus robertsi sp. nov. is a large, robust pygopodid (maximum SVL ~ 224 mm) with a rounded snout, precloacal pores > 10, ventrals < 100, midbody scales in 21 rows, no dark collar on the head or neck, no dark patch beneath the nostril, dark pigmentation around the margins of the ventral scales (at least posteriorly), approximately nine rows of weakly keeled dorsal scales and supraciliaries in a single, continuous row. 
EtymologyNamed for Charles George Roberts who, with his brother Lewis, has assisted zoologists, botanists and ecologists with their field studies in north-east Queensland for over four decades. The Roberts brothers are recognised experts on the flora and fauna of the Cooktown area and Honorary Consultants to the Queensland Museum. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Oliver, P.M.; Couper, P. & Amey, A. 2010. A new species of Pygopus (Pygopodidae; Gekkota; Squamata) from north-eastern Queensland. Zootaxa 2578: 47–61 - get paper here
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