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Gehyra baliola (DUMÉRIL, 1851)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Short-tailed Dtella 
SynonymHemidactylus Baliolus DUMÉRIL 1851: 38
Hemidactylus baliolus — DUMÉRIL 1856
Peripia torresiana GÜNTHER 1877: 415
Peripia marmorata MACLEAY 1877: 99
Peripia brevicaudis MACLEAY 1877: 99
Gehyra baliola — BOULENGER 1885: 150
Gehyra variegata — BOULENGER (partim) 1885
Gehyra marmorata — BOULENGER 1885: 147
Gehyra brevicaudis — BOULENGER 1885: 147
Gehyra baliola — DE ROOIJ 1915: 42
Peropus baliolus — CHRAPLIWY et al. 1954
Gehyra baliola — WERMUTH 1965: 33
Gehyra oceanica — WHITAKER et al. (partim) 1982
Gehyra torresiana — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Gehyra baliola — KLUGE 1993
Gehyra baliola — COGGER 2000: 236
Gehyra baliola — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Torres Strait Islands; island of the far northern Great Barrier Reef);
not on the Australian mainland.
SE Papua New Guinea

Type locality: New Guinea.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 6574 
DiagnosisDescription: Head more long than broad, snout conical, cheeks not swollen; forehead concave; ear-opening large, oval, oblique. Head granular, the granules enlarged on the snout. Rostral horseshoe-shaped; nostril bordered by the rostral, the first labial, a nasal and two or three smaller scales. Eleven upper and ten lower labials; mental triangular, not much larger than the labials; three pair of chin-shields, median longest, in contact. Body depressed; granular. Ventral scales large, cycloid, imbricate. Male with 18 femoral pores in an angular series. Tail depressed, with a sharp lateral edge, covered above with small scales, below with transversely enlarged ones. Limbs depressed; digits short, webbed at the base; the lamellae angular, divided by a median groove; a fold of the skin bordering the hind limb posteriorly (de Rooij 1915: 42).

Coloration: Greyish-brown above, with reddish spots, a reddish-brown streak from the eye to the nape. Lower parts dirty white (de Rooij 1915: 42).

Size: Length of head and body 99 mm.; tail 74 mm (de Rooij 1915: 42). 
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