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Strophurus congoo VANDERDUYS, 2016

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesE: Congoo gecko 
SynonymStrophurus congoo VANDERDUYS 2016 
DistributionAustralia (N Queensland)

Type locality: 17 km southeast of Petford, north Queensland, Australia (145°0'00 E, 17°30'00" S)  
TypesHolotype: QM J93409, female, collected by E. Vanderduys and A. Reside, 1 November 2013. Paratypes: Collection locations as above. QMJ88502, female collected by E. Vanderduys, 4 May 2009; QMJ93406, male; QMJ93407, male; QMJ93408, female; QMJ93411, male; all collected by E. Vanderduys and A. Reside, 1 November 2013. 
CommentHabitat: Strophurus congoo sp. nov. is known from a limited area of infertile granitic and rhyolite country in the Einasleigh Uplands bioregion within the northern Great Dividing Range, Queensland, Australia (Figure 1). The area is in the seasonally dry tropics, a region characterised by marked seasonal differences with a distinct wet season usually from December–April, and mostly dry for the remainder of the year. All individuals of Strophurus congoo sp. nov. were located within open Eucalyptus spp. woodland with Triodia bitextura hummocks, with or without other grass species and the shrub Jacksonia thesioides and sedge Schoenus sparteus ground cover (Figures 10 and 11).

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyStrophurus congoo sp. nov. is named in honour of Mr Tom Congoo, Bar-Barrum elder, and his family, who hold native title claim over the area where Strophurus congoo sp. nov. was first discovered. The specific epithet is used as a noun in apposition. Mr Congoo readily allowed our original survey team (EV plus former CSIRO staff members Nick Colman and Genevieve Perkins) to survey the area. 
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • VANDERDUYS, ERIC 2016. A new species of gecko (Squamata: Diplodactylidae: Strophurus) from north Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa 4117 (3): 341–358
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