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Diplodactylus polyophthalmus GÜNTHER, 1867

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Spotted Sandplain Gecko 
SynonymDiplodactylus polyophthalmus — GÜNTHER 1867 (partim)
Diplodactylus polyophthalmus — BOULENGER 1885: 101
Diplodactylus vittatus — KINGHORN 1929 (partim)
Diplodactylus polyophthalmus — KLUGE 1993
Diplodactylus polyophthalmus — COGGER 2000: 224
Diplodactylus polyophthalmus — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (mesic regions of SW Western Australia)

Type locality: Champion Bay, W. A. (lectotype).  
TypesLectotype: BMNH (designated by Kluge 1967) 
DiagnosisDescription: “Very closely allied to the preceding, from which it differs in the following points : Snout a little longer digits narrower and longer; the infradigital tubercles smaller, rounded or shortly oval. Brown above, reticulated with darker, and with more or less regular roundish light spots ; lower surfaces white.” (Boulenger 1885)

Measurements of the (type ?) specimen in the BMNH (fide Boulenger 1885 who also mentions 5 other specimens, without measurements):

Total length: 73 mm
Head: 17 mm
Width of head: 10 mm
Body: 30 mm
Fore limb: 16 mm
Hind limb: 20 mm
Tail: 26 mm 
CommentGroup: Diplodactylus vittatus group. 
EtymologyNamed after Greek “poly” (= many) and “ophthalmus” (= eye), alluding to its spotted pattern. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Doughty, Paul and Paul M. Oliver 2013. Systematics of Diplodactylus (Squamata: Diplodactylidae) from the south-western Australian biodiversity hotspot: redefinition of D. polyophthalmus and the description of two new species. Records of the Australian Museum 28 (1): 44-65 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1867. Additions to the knowledge of Australian reptiles and fishes. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (3) 20: 45-57 - get paper here
  • Maryan, B. 2005. A HERPETOFAUNA HOTSPOT, THE CENTRAL WEST COAST OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA. Western Australian Naturalist 25 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Storr, G.M. 1979. The Diplodactylus vittatus complex (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 7: 391-402
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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