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Diplodactylus pulcher (STEINDACHNER, 1870)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Fine-faced Gecko 
SynonymStenodactylopsis pulcher STEINDACHNER 1870
Diplodactylus pulcher — GÜNTHER 1885: 102
Diplodactylus pulcher — BOULENGER 1885: 102
Diplodactylus bilineatus LUCAS & FROST 1903 (fide LOVERIDGE 1934)
Diplodactylus pulcher var. dorsotaeniata PELLEGRIN 1909
Diplodactylus pulcher var. pulcher WERNER 1910
Diplodactylus pulcher var. dorsalis WERNER 1910
Diplodactylus lucasi FRY 1914: 177 (nom. subst. for D. bilineatus LUCAS & FROST)
Diplodactylus pulcher — WERMUTH 1965: 24
Diplodactylus dorsalis — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Diplodactylus pulcher — KLUGE 1993
Diplodactylus pulcher — COGGER 2000: 224
Diplodactylus pulcher — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 180
Diplodactylus pulcher — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (NW South Australia, W/S Western Australia)

Type locality: Swan River, Western Australia.  
TypesLectotype: NMW 17572:3 (Stenodactylus pulcher) (designated by Kluge 1967) = Syntype fide TIEDEMANN et al. 1994.
Holotype: NMV D7570 [Diplodactylus bilineatus]
Holotype: MNHN 1909-190 [dorsotaeniata] 
CommentGroup: variously assigned to the D. vittatus or D. conspicillatus groups. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “pulcher” = beautiful, handsome, fine, fair. 
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  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Doughty, Paul; Oliver, Paul; Adams, Mark 2008. Systematics of stone geckos in the genus Diplodactylus (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae) from northwestern Australia, with a description of a new species from the Northwest Cape, Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 24: 247-265 - get paper here
  • Fry, D. B. 1914. On a collection of reptiles and batrachians from Western Australia. Rec. West. Austral. Mus. 1:174-210 - get paper here
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • Glauert, L. 1956. Geckonidae (Part II). Western Australian Naturalist 5 (3): 49-56 - get paper here
  • Hallermann, J. 2020. An annotated list of reptiles and amphibians from the 1905 Hamburg expedition to southwest Australia deposited in the Zoological Museum Hamburg. Evolutionary Systematics 4: 61 - get paper here
  • Kinghorn, J. Roy 1929. Herpetological notes 1. Rec. Austral. Mus. 17 (2): 76-84 - get paper here
  • Lucas, A. H. S., and C. Frost 1903. Description of two new Australian lizards, Varanus spenceri and Diplodactylus bilineatus. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 15:145—147. - get paper here
  • Oliver, Paul; Andrew Hugall, Mark Adams, Steven J.B. Cooper and Mark Hutchinson 2007. Genetic elucidation of cryptic and ancient diversity in a group of Australian diplodactyline geckos: The Diplodactylus vittatus complex. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 44 (1): 77-88 - get paper here
  • Pellegrin, J. 1909. Sur une collection de lézards de l’Australie occidentale. Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France, 34:241—245. - get paper here
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  • Steindachner, F. 1870. Herpetologische Notizen (Il). Reptilien gesammelt Während einer Reise in Sengambien. Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien, 62: 326-348. - get paper here
  • Tiedemann,F.; Häupl,M. & Grillitsch,H. 1994. Katalog der Typen der herpetologischen Sammlung nach dem Stand vom 1. Jänner 1994. Teil II: Reptilia. Kat. wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 10 (Vertebrata 4): 1-110
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  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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