You are here » home advanced search Strophurus wellingtonae

Strophurus wellingtonae (STORR, 1988)

Can you confirm these amateur observations of Strophurus wellingtonae?

Add your own observation of
Strophurus wellingtonae »

We have no photos, try to find some by Google images search: Google images

Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesWestern Shield Spiny-tailed Gecko 
SynonymDiplodactylus wellingtonae STORR 1988
Diplodactylus ciliaris ciliaris - KLUGE 1967 (partim)
Strophurus wellingtonae - GREER 1989
Strophurus wellingtoni - COGGER 1992
Strophurus wellingtonae — KLUGE 1993
Diplodactylus wellingtonae — COGGER 2000: 234
Strophurus wellingtonae — RÖSLER 2000: 115
Strophurus wellingtonae — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (arid W West Australia)

Type locality: 40 km NE Laverton, WA, in 28°23'S, 122°35'E. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
TypesHolotype: WAM R15218 
CommentGroup: Diplodactylus strophurus group (subgenus Strophurus)

In this species, the mouth colour is dark blue to almost black (Storr, 1988).

Diagnosis: A large, long-tailed member of the complex (total length up to 145 mm) with long spines above eye and on tail. Differing from D. ciliaris ciliaris and D. c. aberrans in dorsal tubercles being arranged in two parallel rows (rather than scattered over back), all spines and tubercles being orange or brown (never black) and mouth being bluish (not yellowish). 
  • 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
  • Sadlier, R.A.; Omeally, D.; Shea, G.M. 2005. A new species of Spiny-tailed gecko (Squamata: Diplodactylidae: Strophurus) from inland Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 51(2): 573-581.
  • 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.
External links  
Is it interesting? Share with others:

Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator