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Crenadactylus tuberculatus DOUGHTY, ELLIS & OLIVER, 2016

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Cape Range clawless gecko 
SynonymCrenadactylus tuberculatus DOUGHTY, ELLIS & OLIVER 2016 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: North West Cape)

Type locality: Charles Knife Road, Cape Range National Park, North West Cape, Western Australia (22°05'26.48"S, 114°00'39.57"E)  
TypesHolotype: WAM R174304, adult male, by P. Doughty, A.M. Bauer and R.J. Ellis, 19 August 2014. Fixed in 10% formalin, stored in 70% ethanol at WAM. Liver sample stored in 100% ethanol at WAM. Paratypes (6). WAM R61203, Yardie Creek, WA (22°20'S, 113°49'E); WAM R134295, WAM R134627, WAM R134945, 1.5 km SW Vlamingh Head lighthouse, North West Cape, WA (21°48'30"S, 114°06'07"E); WAM R132481, WAM R132483, Shothole Canyon, Cape Range National Park, WA (22°03'S, 114°01'E). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A very small (to 27.7 mm SVL) species of Crenadactylus with long (HL/SVL 0.30–0.35) and narrow (HW/HL 0.43–0.50) head. Rostral in full contact with nostril, internasal (if present) not extending beyond supranasal, 2 small postmentals, dorsal scales heterogeneous with scattered enlarged keeled tubercles, males with 4 pre-cloacal pores with innermost pore-bearing scales separated by a small intervening scale, no enlarged tubercles on original tails. Ground colour light to dark greyish-brown, dorsal pattern consists of weakly-contrasting pale and dark longitudinal stripes, small pale spots may be present in dorsolateral zone, lateral zones grey with at most faint uniform stippling (not forming irregular lines), ventrum pale off-white with stippling absent to weak.
CommentHabitat. Most habitat notes indicate collection from living or dead spinifex clumps, and usually in limestone gorges but with some records from coastal dunes. One specimen was collected from a dead log (WAM R88600). The holotype was collected from the upper edge of a rocky gorge with scattered shrubs and spinifex. 
EtymologyThe species name tuberculatus (Latin) is in reference to the enlarged tubercles on the dorsum of this species, unique within Crenadactylus. 
  • 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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