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Gehyra pilbara MITCHELL, 1965

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Pilbara Dtella 
SynonymGehyra pilbara MITCHELL 1965
Gehyra cognata BÖRNER & SCHÜTTLER 1982
Gehyra cognatus KING 1984
Dactyloperus cognata — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Dactyloperus pilbara — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Gehyra pilbara — KLUGE 1993
Gehyra pilbara — COGGER 2000: 242
Gehyra pilbara — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, N Western Australia)

Type locality: Pilbara Plateau, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R20046 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A typical member of the Australian species group, a constant sternal and mesosternal rib structure of 3 + 1 and a.mean a.dult size of approximately 41 mm (see fig. 7). Can be distinguished by ItS relatively shorter, deeper head and reduced number of enlarged labials - 6 or 7 upper and only 5 or 6 lower labials. It has a distinctive colour pattern and a unique habitat preference as described below [from MITCHELL 1965].
CommentGroup: member of the G. variegata-punctata species complex.

Distribution: see map in Kealley et al. 2018: 4 (Fig. 1). 
Etymologynamed after its type locality. 
  • Anonymous 1966. Type Specimens in the Western Australian Museum (Part 7). Annual Report, Western Australian Museum, 1965-66, Perth, pp. 38-42
  • Börner, A. R., and B. Schüttler. 1982. Notes on the Australian lizard genera Gehyra, Hemidactylus and Heteronotia (Geckonidae). Miscellaneous Articles in Saurology (10) :1-17
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Kealley, Luke; Paul Doughty, Mitzy Pepper, J. Scott Keogh, Mia Hillyer and Joel Huey 2018. Conspicuously concealed: revision of the arid clade of the Gehyra variegata (Gekkonidae) group in Western Australia using an integrative molecular and morphological approach, with the description of five cryptic species. PeerJ 6:e5334; DOI 10.7717/peerj.5334 - get paper here
  • Mitchell, F. J. 1965. Australian geckos assigned to the genus Gehyra Gray (Reptilia, Gekkonidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 46: 287—319
  • OLIVER, PAUL M.; GAYLEEN BOURKE, RENAE C. PRATT, PAUL DOUGHTY, CRAIG MORITZ 2016. Systematics of small Gehyra (Squamata: Gekkonidae) of the southern Kimberley, Western Australia: redescription of G. kimberleyi Börner & Schüttler, 1983 and description of a new restricted range species. Zootaxa 4107 (1): 049–064 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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