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Rhynchoedura angusta PEPPER, DOUGHTY, HUTCHINSON & KEOGH, 2011

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Border Beaked Gecko 
SynonymRhynchoedura angusta PEPPER, DOUGHTY, HUTCHINSON & KEOGH 2011 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Bulloo-Bancannia drainage division, north of Renmark, South Australia to Longreach in central Queensland)

Type locality: 5 km south of Millers Tank on Miller Road, Sturt National Park, NSW (-29.0333°S, 141.7333°E)  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: AMS R152940, an adult male. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Morphological diagnosis as for R. ormsbyi except that R. angusta sp. nov. tend to have fewer small, well-defined spots. R. angusta sp. nov. tends to have longer arms (relative to SVL), smaller distance from nostril to eye (NarEye) relative to HeadL, and fewer NarScales than R. eyrensis.
CommentHabitat. Distributed in the alluvial floodplains of the Channel Country, on Mitchell grass and Spinifex grasslands. 
Etymologyangusta is Latin for narrow/constricted, in reference to the narrow north–south distribution of this species. Used as a noun in apposition. Also in reference to Angus Emmott for his contribution to herpetology, and the collection locality of the northernmost extent of this species on his Noonbah Station property in Queensland. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Pepper, Mitzy; Paul Doughty, Mark N. Hutchinson, J. Scott Keogh 2011. Ancient drainages divide cryptic species in Australia’s arid zone: Morphological and multi-gene evidence for four new species of Beaked Geckos (Rhynchoedura). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 61 (3): 810-822 - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
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