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Saltuarius cornutus (OGILBY, 1892)

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Higher TaxaCarphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Northern Leaf-tail Gecko, Leaf-tailed Gecko
G: Blattschwanzgecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus cornutus OGILBY 1892
Phyllurus lichenosus GÜNTHER 1897
Phyllurus cornutus - GÜNTHER 1897
Phyllurus cornutus — GARMAN 1901: 2
Gymnodactylus platurus - LÖNNBERG & ANDERSSON 1915
Phyllurus cornutus — LOVERIDGE 1947: 299
Gymnodactylus spyrurus - BARRETT 1950 (non Gymnodactylus sphyryrus OG.)
Phyllurus cornutus — WERMUTH 1965: 148
Phyllurus cornutum - SWANSON 1976
Phyllurus swaini - WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Phyllurus cornutus — KLUGE 1993
Saltuarius cornutus — COUPER, COVACEVICH & MORITZ 1993
Saltuarius cornutus — RÖSLER 1995: 78
Saltuarius cornutus — COGGER 2000: 269
Saltuarius cornutus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Saltuarius cornutus — LIVIGNI 2013: 264
Saltuarius cornutus — COGGER 2014: 278 
DistributionAustralia (four disjunct populations in Queensland):
N Cape York Peninsula near Coen, Townsville to Cooktown, Stanthorpe, extreme SE Qeensland through coastal New South Wales.

Type locality: Bellenden-Ker Ranges, NE Queensland.  
TypesLectotype: AMS R749 Cairns district, Qld (Cairns & Grant). 
CommentPhyllurus cornutus seems to be a composite species.

Type Species: Gymnodactylus cornutus OGILBY 1892 is the type species of the genus Saltuarius.

DIAGNOSIS (genus): Nostril in contact with rostral (vs not contacting the rostral in Phyllurus); anterior margin of interclavicle flat, or forward projecting without distinct process, Fig. 2a-d (vs bearing a distinct process); axilla not, or only very rarely and shallowly, invaginated (vs always, sometimes deeply invaginated); epipubic cartilage moderate to large, wedge-shaped, Fig. la-d (vs small - moderate, wedge-shaped); male preanal pores present, Fig. 5a-c; save for one species (from COUPER et al. 1993).

Size: max. SVL: 136 mm. 
EtymologyETYMOLOGY (genus): From the Latin - 'keeper of the forest'. 
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