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Rhynchoedura mentalis PEPPER, DOUGHTY, HUTCHINSON & KEOGH, 2011

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Brigalow Beaked Gecko 
SynonymRhynchoedura mentalis PEPPER, DOUGHTY, HUTCHINSON & KEOGH 2011 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: 54 km north of Black- all, QLD (-17.6167°S, 123.6000°E)  
TypesHolotype: AMS R60283 (female) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Distinguished from all other Rhynchoedura by possession of three enlarged mental scales and cloacal spurs comprising two to three enlarged scales; further distinguished from R. sexapora sp. nov. by two round, enlarged preanal pores, and dorsal and ventral scales flat and similar in size.
CommentHabitat. All specimens have been collected from near mulga (Acacia aneura) sites with clay soils. 
Etymologymentalis refers to this species’ unique mental scale configuration within Rhynchoedura. Used as a noun in apposition. 
  • 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
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