Underwoodisaurus seorsus DOUGHTY & OLIVER, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Underwoodisaurus seorsus?
|Higher Taxa||Carphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Underwoodisaurus seorsus DOUGHTY & OLIVER 2011|
Underwoodisaurus seorsus — COGGER 2014: 284
Underwoodisaurus seorsus — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 118
|Distribution||Australia (Western Australia: Pilbara)|
Type locality: Packsaddle Range (22.9144°S, 118.9158°E, elevation 638 m), Pilbara region, Western Australia.
|Reproduction||oviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: 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 (23.1833°S, 118.8142°E, elevation 775 m) on 14 June 1997; WAM R157520 (male), WAM R157522 (female), WAM R157513 (juvenile), Packsaddle Range (22.9144°S, 118.9158°E, elevation 861 m) collected on 7 May 2004; WAM R163638, female, 60 km north of Tom Price (22.1191°S, 117.9183°E, elevation 579 m) collected on 18 November 2008; all from the Pilbara region, Western Australia.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: 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 (188.8.131.52.3/184.108.40.206.4), 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.|
|Etymology||Named after Latin for ‘apart’ or ‘separate’ in reference to the large distance between the distributions of U. seorsus sp. nov. and U. milii. Used as a noun in apposition.|
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