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Underwoodisaurus seorsus DOUGHTY & OLIVER, 2011

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Higher TaxaCarphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymUnderwoodisaurus seorsus DOUGHTY & OLIVER 2011
Underwoodisaurus seorsus — COGGER 2014: 284 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Pilbara)

Type locality: Packsaddle Range (22.9144°S, 118.9158°E, elevation 638 m), Pilbara region, Western Australia.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: WAM R157525, adult female with original tail, collected by P. Cullen and M. Menz on 7 May 2004.
Paratypes. WAM R129895 (male), West Angelas, 100 km north-east of Newman (23.1833oS, 118.8142oE, ele- vation 775 m) on 14 June 1997; WAM R157520 (male), WAM R157522 (female), WAM R157513 (juvenile), Packsaddle Range (22.9144oS, 118.9158oE, elevation 861 m) collected on 7 May 2004; WAM R163638, female, 60 km north of Tom Price (22.1191oS, 117.9183oE, elevation 579 m) collected on 18 November 2008; all from the Pil- bara region, Western Australia. 
CommentDiagnosis. A typically-sized (to ~100 mm SVL) Underwoodisaurus with transverse subdigital lamellae, minute anterior loreals compared to larger posterior loreals, labial scales larger than neighboring scales, unreduced phalangeal formula (2.3.4.5.3/2.3.4.5.4), and long original tail gradually tapering to tip. Distinguished from U. milii by possessing an elongate snout (NE/IN: 1.74–1.89), relatively long limbs (ArmL/SVL: 0.18–0.20; LegL/SVL: 0.20–0.22) and digits (4FL/SVL: 0.064–0.084; 4TL/SVL: 0.076–0.095), higher density of smaller enlarged tuber- cles scattered across the dorsum but with lower, more acute tubercles with anterior keel more common and conspicuous, relatively deep mental (projecting to level of, or beyond, first secondary infralabial) and often terminating posteriorly in a point (v. rounded), enlarged tubercles on original tails not forming transverse rows. Reddish-brown ground color with relatively plain head without light blotching or patterning, dorsal pattern consisting of sparsely scattered small pale tubercles and a narrow band across the nape. 
References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • DOUGHTY, PAUL & PAUL M. OLIVER 2011. A new species of Underwoodisaurus (Squamata: Gekkota: Carphodactylidae) from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Zootaxa 3002: 20–30 - get paper here
 
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