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Rhynchoedura sexapora PEPPER, DOUGHTY, HUTCHINSON & KEOGH, 2011

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesNorthern Beaked Gecko 
SynonymRhynchoedura sexapora PEPPER, DOUGHTY, HUTCHINSON & KEOGH 2011 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Kimberley region)

Type locality: El Questro Station, WA (-16.01861°S, 128.00389°E).  
TypesHolotype: WAM R170241 (formerly AMS R139904) (male) 
CommentDiagnosis. Morphologically distinguished from congeners by six (occasionally four) slightly enlarged round pre-anal pores in a shallow ‘V’ pointing anteriorly (Fig. 5b) and dorsal scales moderately gabled, ventrals slightly larger than dorsal scales (rather than all scales flat and subequal). Further distinguished from R. mentalis sp. nov. by having a single mental scale and cloacal spurs formed by a single enlarged scale. Dorsal pattern differs from other species (except R. mentalis sp. nov.) by having a brown background color darker and with smaller pale spots (Fig. 4c, Supplementary Fig. 6, in PEPPER et al. 2011). 
Etymologysexapora is derived from the Latin sex (six) and porus (pore), referring to the condition of the pre-anal pores. Used as an adjective: ‘six-pored’. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • 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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