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Rhynchoedura eyrensis PEPPER, DOUGHTY, HUTCHINSON & KEOGH, 2011

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Eyre Basin Beaked Gecko 
SynonymRhynchoedura eyrensis PEPPER, DOUGHTY, HUTCHINSON & KEOGH 2011 
DistributionAustralia (E South Australia, probably SE Northern Territory, New South Wales and SW Queensland, including in the Simpson, Strzelecki, and Sturt Stony Deserts and the Channel Country)

Type locality: 2.8 km northwest of Kannakaninna waterhole, Kalamurina Station, SA (-27.8506°S, 137.8692°E)  
TypesHolotype: SAMA R54267 (male). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Morphological diagnosis as for R. ormsbyi, except that R. eyrensis sp. nov. tend to have larger pale spots that often merge to form elongated blotches. Rhynchoedura eyrensis sp. nov. also tends to have shorter arms and legs (relative to SVL) and more narial scales (NarScales) than both R. angusta sp. nov. and R. ormsbyi.
CommentHabitat. Occurs on many different soil types within the eastern arid zone, including floodplains, and sandy and stony desert terrains. 
Etymologyeyrensis refers to the distributional area of this species across the Lake Eyre Basin in central/southern Australia. 
  • 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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