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Uvidicolus sphyrurus (OGILBY, 1892)

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Higher TaxaCarphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesBorder Thick-tailed Gecko 
SynonymGymnodactylus sphyrurus OGILBY 1892
Heteronota walshi KINGHORN 1931
Phyllurus walshi - KLUGE 1963
Phyllurus sphyrurus - KLUGE 1965
Heteronotia walshi - WERMUTH 1965
Underwoodisaurus sphyrurus - INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1981
Nephrurus sphyrurus - BAUER 1990
Underwoodisaurus sphyrurus - COGGER 1992
Underwoodisaurus sphyurus (?)
Nephrurus sphyrurus — RÖSLER 1995: 75
Nephrurus sphyrurus — RÖSLER 2000: 97
Underwoodisaurus sphyrurus — COGGER 2000: 276
Nephrurus sphyrurus — LAUBE & LANGNER 2007
Underwoodisaurus sphyrurus — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 116
Uvidicolus sphyrurus — OLIVER & BAUER 2011
Uvidicolus sphyrurus — COGGER 2014: 285 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales and S Queensland: granitic highlands of the Murray-Darling Basin)

Type locality: interior of N. S. W. (Tumut?) [in error, fide Cogger et al., 1983]  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R3800 
CommentType species: Gymnodactylus sphyrurus Ogilby, 1892 is the type species of the genus Uvidicolus OLIVER & BAUER 2011.

Definition (genus): The most inclusive clade containing Uvidicolus sphyrurus Ogilby, 1892 but not N. asper or U. milii. A monotypic genus containing only sphyrurus Ogilby, 1892. A small (adult SVLto 70 mm) genus of carphodactylid geckos with transverse subdigital lamellae, anterior loreals only slightly smaller than posterior loreals, labial scales much larger than neighboring scales, mean of 26 presacral vertebrae, phalangeal formula unreduced (, and original tail short with 26 or fewer postsa-cral vertebrae, pleurapophyses borne on basal postpygal vertebrae,tail depressed proximally, rectangular in dorsal view and sharply tapering to tip lacking a terminal ‘knob’ [from OLIVER & BAUER 2011]. 
EtymologyEtymology (genus): Derived from the Latin uvidus, meaning moist or humid, and -colus, dwelling in. In reference to the restricted range ofthis gecko in relatively mesic and cool highland areas of the central Great Dividing Range of eastern Australia. 
  • 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.
  • Kinghorn,J.R. 1931. Herpetological notes 3. Rec. Austral. Mus. 18: 267-269 - get paper here
  • Laube, Andreas & Robert Porter 2004. Captive Maintenance and Breeding of Some Ground Dwelling Australian Geckos Part IV: Underwoodisaurus milii (Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1823) and Underwoodisaurus sphyrurus (Ogilby, 1892). Gekko 4 (1): 23-32
  • Ogilby, J. D. 1892. Descriptions of three new Australian lizards. Rec. Austral. Mus. 2: 6—11 - get paper here
  • Oliver, P.M. & Bauer, A.M. 2011. Systematics. and evolution of the Australian knob-tail geckos (Nephrurus, Carphodactylidae, Gekkota): Pleisomorphic grades and biome shifts through the Miocene. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59 (3): 664-674 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rösler, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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