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Diplodactylus hillii LONGMAN, 1915

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Northern Fat-tailed gecko 
SynonymDiplodactylus hillii LONGMAN 1915
Diplodactylus hilli — ZIETZ 1920
Diplodactylus hilli — GLAUERT 1956
Diplodactylus conspicillatus — KLUGE 1963 (part.)
Diplodactylus conspicillatus — COGGER in COGGER et. al. 1983 (part.)
Diplodactylus hillii — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Manwellisaurus hillii — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1989
Diplodactylus hillii — OLIVER et al. 2014 
DistributionAustralia (N Northern Territory)

Type locality: “Port Darwin”  
TypesHolotype: QM J14/1994 (now: QM J2017, Kluge 1967) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A moderate-sized member of the D. conspicillatus group (max SVL 52 mm) with a bold canthal stripe and greatly enlarged first supralabial (contacting ventral edge of nasal scale). Mid-dorsal scales on trunk small and only slightly larger than dorsolateral scales. Original tail spade-like and lacking an acute attenuated extension at tip. Scales on dorsal surface of original tail all large and not arranged in clearly defined transverse rows (pine cone-like appearance) [OLIVER et al. 2014: 26]. 
CommentSynonymy: Diplodactylus hillii was considered as a synonym of Diplodactylus conspicillatus by KLUGE 1963 and others.

Group: member of Diplodactylus conspicillatus group.

Distribution: see map in OLIVER et al. 2014 (Fig. 3).

Diet: termites, ants 
  • Cogger H.G., Cameron EE & Cogger HM 1983. Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Volume 1: AMPHIBIA AND REPTILIA. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.
  • Glauert, L. 1956. Geckonidae (Part II). Western Australian Naturalist 5 (3): 49-56 - get paper here
  • Kluge, A. G. 1967. Systematics, Phylogeny, and Zoogeography of the Lizard Genus Diplodactylus Gray (Gekkonidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 15: 1007-1108 + 19 plates - get paper here
  • Kluge, A.G. 1963. The systematic status of certain Australian and New Guinean gekkonid lizards. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 14: 77-86
  • Longman, H. A. 1915. Reptiles from Queensland and the Northern Territory. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 3: 30-34.
  • Oliver PM, Couper PJ, Pepper M 2014. Independent Transitions between Monsoonal and Arid Biomes Revealed by Systematic Revison of a Complex of Australian Geckos (Diplodactylus; Diplodactylidae). PLoS One 9 (12): e111895. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111895 - get paper here
  • Wells R W; Wellington C R 1984. A synopsis of the class Reptilia in Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology 1 (3-4): 73-129 [1983]
  • Wells, R. W., and C. R. Wellington. 1989. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles known from the Cumberland Plain Region, Sydney Basin, New South Wales, Australia. Australian Herpetologist, (506) :1-34
  • Zietz, F. R. 1920. Catalogue of Australian lizards. Rec. South Austral. Mus. 1: 181-228 - get paper here
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