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Crenadactylus occidentalis DOUGHTY, ELLIS & OLIVER, 2016

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Western clawless gecko 
SynonymCrenadactylus occidentalis DOUGHTY, ELLIS & OLIVER 2016 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Carnarvon coast)

Type locality: Dirk Hartog Homestead, Dirk Hartog Island, WA (26°00'S, 113°12'E)  
TypesHolotype: WAM R113683, adult male, collected by B. Maryan and R. Browne-Cooper, 19 April 1992. Fixed in 10% formalin, stored in 70% ethanol at WAM. Paratypes (6). WAM R57525, 40 km north-east of Yuna, WA (28°06'S, 115°15'E); WAM R96676, 10 km north-west of Wandina Homestead, WA (27°56'S, 115°33'E); WAM R120779, Nerren Nerren Station, WA (27°03'24"S, 114°35'21"E); WAM R124891, 38 km west south-west Hamelin Homestead, WA (26°35'34"S, 113°53'22"E); WAM R131376, 70 km south of Exmouth, WA (22°34'47"S, 114°07'00"E); WAM R135497, False Entrance Well, WA (26°23'S, 113°19'E). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A medium-sized (to 32.6 mm SVL) species of Crenadactylus with wide (HW/HL 0.50–0.60) head. Rostral in full contact with nostril, internasal (if present) not extending beyond supranasal, 2 (occasionally 3) small postmentals, dorsal scales homogeneous and weakly keeled, 3–4 pre-cloacal pores, innermost pore-bearing scales separated by an intervening scale, no enlarged tubercles on original tails. Ground colour tan and light brown; dorsal pattern consists of well-defined pale and dark longitudinal stripes, small pale white to orange spots comprised of 2– 3 scales may be present, lateral zones pale to dark grey with at most faint uniform stippling (not forming lines); ventrum pale off-white with stippling absent to moderate.
CommentHabitat. Collection records indicate a preference for spinifex and coastal dune vegetation such as shrubs, Acacia and Banksia. Occasionally collected from under tin and limestone slabs.

Distribution: See map in Doughty et al. 2016: Fig. 2. 
EtymologyThe specific name occidentalis (Latin) refers to the western distribution of this species. 
  • DOUGHTY, PAUL; RYAN J. ELLIS, PAUL M. OLIVER 2016. Many things come in small packages: Revision of the clawless geckos (Crenadactylus: Diplodactylidae) of Australia. Zootaxa 4168 (2): 239–278 - get paper here
  • Ellis, Ryan J.; Paul Doughty and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. An annotated type catalogue of the geckos and pygopods (Squamata: Gekkota: Carphodactylidae, Diplodactylidae, Gekkonidae, Pygopodidae) in the collection of the Western Australian Museum. Records of the Western Australian Museum 33: 051–094 - get paper here
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