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Amalosia jacovae (COUPER, KEIM & HOSKIN, 2007)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Clouded Gecko 
SynonymOedura jacovae COUPER, KEIM & HOSKIN 2007
Oedura jacovae — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 94
Amalosia jacovae — OLIVER et al. 2012 
DistributionAustralia (SE Queensland)

Type locality: Mt Coot–tha, Brisbane (27°29’S, 152°57’E)  
TypesHolotype: QM J77269, L. D. Keim, March 2002. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Oedura jacovae sp. nov. is a slender, medium-sized (max SVL = 62mm), well-patterned velvet gecko that occurs in SEQ and is most closely allied to O. lesueurii and O. rhombifer. It is distinguished from its Queensland congeners by the following characters: 1st supralabial narrower than, or subequal to, the 2nd supralabial; 1st and 2nd supralabials equal in height or 2nd supralabial taller than 1st; generally with well-developed basal webbing between 3rd and 4th toe on hindlimb; a dark, zigzag dorsolateral pattern (not strongly contrasting with base colour) encloses a broad, pale vertebral zone which is broken by 1–5 transverse lines between the fore and hindlimbs; flanks, limbs and head without pale spots.
CommentHabitat: dry open Eucalyptus forest, coastal woodlands and heaths, rocky outcrops, and urban areas bordering bushland. 
Etymologyjacovae; for Jeanette Adelaide Covacevich, a former senior curator at the Queensland Museum, for her many contributions to Australian herpetology. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • COUPER,PATRICK J.; LAUREN D. KEIM & CONRAD J. HOSKIN 2007. A new velvet Gecko (Gekkonidae: Oedura) from south-east Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa 1587: 27–41 - get paper here
  • Oliver, Paul M.; Aaron M. Bauer, Eli Greenbaum, Todd Jackman, Tara Hobbie 2012. Molecular phylogenetics of the arboreal Australian gecko genus Oedura Gray 1842 (Gekkota: Diplodactylidae): Another plesiomorphic grade? Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63 (2): 255-264 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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