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Amalosia rhombifer (GRAY, 1845)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Zigzag Velvet Gecko, Zig-zag Gecko 
SynonymOedura rhombifer GRAY 1845: plate 16 (partim)
Phyllodactylus Lesueurii — DUMÉRIL 1851 (partim)
Oedura rhombifera GRAY 1867
Phyllodactylus lesueurii — STEINDACHNER 1867 (partim)
Oedura rhombifera — BOULENGER 1885: 107
Oedura Lesueuri — WERNER 1908 (partim)
Oedura lesueurii rhombifer — COGGER 1957
Oedura lesueurii rhombifera — WERMUTH 1965
Amalosia rhombifer — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Oedura rhombifer — KLUGE 1993
Oedura rhombifer — RÖSLER 1995: 82
Oedura rhombifer — COGGER 2000: 266
Oedura rhombifer — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 96
Amalosia rhombifer — OLIVER et al. 2012
Amalosia rhombifer — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 120 
DistributionAustralia (N/NE Northern Territory, Queensland, coastal N Western Australia, New South Wales)

Type locality: N Australia (“W Australia” in original description).  
TypesLectotype: BMNH xxii.3a, collector unknown (designated by COGGER 1983). 
DiagnosisDescription: “Very closely allied to O. lesueurii. Distinguished by the smaller head, the rather shorter snout, the more elongate body, the perfectly cylindrical tail, and the presence of preanal pores in the male ; latter ten to twenty. Pale brown, middle of back and tail paler, with a zigzag brown line on each side.” (Boulenger 1885)

For measurements see Boulenger 1885: 107. 
CommentThe type series of Oedura rhombifer Gray 1845 is composite. The SE-Queensland morph of O. rhombifer has been described as Oedura jacovae by COUPER et al. (2007). Oedura jacovae sp. nov. is not conspecific with the lectotypes of O. rhombifer (BMNH xxii.3a) or O. lesueurii (MNHN 268).

Karyotype: 2n = 36 (King 1987) 
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