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Gehyra purpurascens STORR, 1982

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Purplish Dtella 
SynonymGehyra purpurascens STORR 1982
Gehyra pilbara — BÖRNER & SCHÜTTLER 1983 (partim)
Dactyloperus purpurascens — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Gehyra purpurascens — KLUGE 1993
Gehyra purpurascens — COGGER 2000: 243
Gehyra purpurascens — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia)

Type locality: 3.5 km NE of Comet Vale, Western Australia, in 29°55'S, 121°08'E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R72660 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium-sized arboreal Gehyra, most like G. variegata but larger (SVL up to 64, v. up to 54 mm) and with ground colour greyish (rather than brownish), dorsal pattern less prominent and lacking white spots or short white bars, top of rostral almost horizontal (more acutely gable-shaped in variegata) and fewer pre-anal pores (often less than 11, v. rarely less than 11 in variegata). Distinguishable from G. pilbara Mitchell and G. montium sp. nov. by absence of pale spots and by postnasal not much larger than posterior supranasal, and additionally from pilbara by first upper labial not higher than second. 
CommentGroup: member of the G. variegata-punctata species complex.

Abundance: quite ommon, with more than 400 specimens collected (Pianka 2011)

Distribution: see map in Kealley et al. 2018: 4 (Fig. 1). 
EtymologyThe name purpurascens is Latin for 'purplish'. 
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  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Dittmer, D. E., Chapman, T. L. & Bidwell, J. R. 2020. In the shadow of an iconic inselberg: Uluru’s shadow influences climates and reptile assemblage structure at its base. J. Arid Environ. 181, 104179 (2020) - get paper here
  • 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
  • Ezaz, T. et al. 2009. Sex Chromosome Evolution in Lizards: Independent Origins and Rapid Transitions. Cytogenet Genome Res 127: 249-260 - get paper here
  • Fallend, S. 2007. Auf Geckosuche in Australien. Draco 8 (29): 78-84 - get paper here
  • Gynther, Ian; Harry Hines, Alex Kutt, Eric Vanderduys and Megan Absolon 2009. A verteAbrate faunavsurvey of Cravetns Peak Rbeserver, farawestetrn Qeueenslanfd auna survey of Cravens Peak Reserve, far western Queensland. Cravens Peak Scientific Study Report - 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
  • Storr, G. M. 1982. Two new Gehyra (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) from Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 10: 53—59. - 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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