Strophurus taenicauda (DE VIS, 1886)
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|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Subspecies||Strophurus taenicauda taenicauda (DE VIS 1886)|
Strophurus taenicauda albiocularis BROWN, WORTHINGTON-WILMER & MACDONALD 2012
Strophurus taenicauda triaureus BROWN, WORTHINGTON-WILMER & MACDONALD 2012
|Common Names||Golden Spiny-tailed Gecko, Golden-tailed Gecko|
albiocularis: Northern Golden-tailed Gecko
triaureus: Central Golden-tailed Gecko
|Synonym||Diplodactylus taenicauda DE VIS 1886|
Diplodactylus taeniocauda BOULENGER 1887: 483 (nom. subst.)
Diplodactylus taenicauda — WERMUTH 1965: 26
Strophurus taenicauda — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Diplodactylus taenicauda — KLUGE 1993
Strophurus taenicauda — RÖSLER 1995: 85
Diplodactylus taenicauda — COGGER 2000: 231
Diplodactylus taenicaudus — RÖSLER 2000: 77
Diplodactylus taenicauda — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 47
Strophurus taenicauda — LAUBE & LANGNER 2007
|Distribution||Australia (coastal and interior SE Queensland, N New South Wales)|
albiocularis: Queensland; Type locality: Castle Ck, Dawson Valley, Qld (-24.83°, 150.33°)
taenicauda: Queensland, New South Wales; Type locality: Chinchilla, Queensland, Australia (-26.73 ̊, 150.63 ̊) [lectotype locality]
triaureus: Queensland (eastern side of the Brigalow Belt from Mundubbera in the south to Callide in the east and across to Biloela in the west); Type locality: Coominglah SF, Monto, Qld (-24.82°, 150.93°)
|Types||Lectotype: QM J11215 (designated by Kluge 1967); Lectotype not found by Covacevich (1971), but examined and illustrated by Brown et al. (2012).|
Holotype: QM J4551, male [albiocularis]
Holotype: QM J76397, female [triaureus]
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Strophurus taenicauda is distinguished from other Strophurus by its lack of spines or tubercles on the body and tail, and the presence of brightly coloured tail striping (vs. generally shades of grey, white or black).|
Diagnosis (taenicauda): Strophurus taenicauda taenicauda is a medium sized (maximum SVL 71.4 mm), well-patterned gecko from south-western Qld (Fig. 6A). It is distinguished by the following combination of character states: dor- sal spots large; golden tail stripe single, with undulating or transversely extending lateral margins; eye colour red. See Table 5 for comparisons with newly described conspecific subspecies.
Diagnosis (albiocularis): a medium-sized (maximum SVL 69 mm), lightly patterned gecko from central Qld. It is distinguished from its nominate form and congeners by the following combination of character states: small dorsal spots; a single golden tail stripe with straight lateral margins; eye colour white to cream.
Diagnosis (triaureus): a medium-sized (maximum SVL 73.2 mm), lightly patterned gecko from central Qld. It is distinguished from the nominate subspecies and congeners by the following combination of character states: small dorsal spots and a transversely banded tail with single dorsal golden stripe with straight lateral margins and two thin undulating lateral golden stripes; eye colour amber.
|Etymology||Etymology (albiocularis): From the Latin albus meaning white or pale and from the Latin ocularis meaning "of the eyes"; in reference to the pale or white eyes of this subspecies.|
Etymology (triaureus): From the Latin tri meaning "three" and from the Latin aureus meaning "golden"; in reference to the one dorsal and two lateral golden tail stripes of this subspecies.
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