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Strophurus assimilis (STORR, 1988)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesGoldfields Spiny-tailed Gecko 
SynonymDiplodactylus ciliaris ciliaris X D. c. intermedius - KLUGE 1967
Diplodactylus assimilis STORR 1988
Strophurus assimilis - WELLS & WELLINGTON 1989
Strophurus assimilis — GREER 1989
Strophurus assimilis — KLUGE 1993
Diplodactylus assimilis — COGGER 2000: 214
Strophurus assimilis — RÖSLER 2000: 115
Strophurus assimilis — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (arid and semiarid interior of S West Australia)

Type locality: 15 km NE, Bungalbin Hill, WA, in 30 18'S, 119°44'E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R72164 
CommentDiplodactylus strophurus group.

Diagnosis: A small member of the complex (total length up to 128 mm long), very like D. intermedius but larger and having a relatively longer tail, fewer internasals (mode 1, v. 3) and dorsal tubercles arranged in two wavy or discontinuous rows (not two continuous parallel rows). Distinguishable from D. wellingtonae, D. ciliaris ciliaris and D. c. aberrans by much shorter spines above eye and on tail. 
EtymologyLatin for similar (to the closely related D. intermedius). 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Greer, A.E. 1989. The biology and evolution of Australian lizards. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, NSW 264 pp.
  • Laube, A. & Langner, C. 2007. Die Gattung Strophurus. Draco 8 (29): 49-66 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Storr, G. M. 1988. The Diplodactylus ciliaris complex (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 14: 121-133. - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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