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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Small Wedge-toed Gecko 
SynonymGehyra spheniscus DOUGHTY, PALMER, SISTROM, BAUER & DONNELLAN 2012 
DistributionAustralia (Kimberley region)

Type locality: Lower Monjon Rocks, Prince Regent River Nature Reserve (15.9775°S; 125.3678°E), Australia.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R171591* (male), collected on 25 January 2010 by C.A. Stevenson and R. Somaweera. Paratypes: WAM 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS: Digits broadly expanded basally and subdigital scansors present on all digits of manus and pes. Digit I of manus and pes clawless or bearing a minute claw, penultimate phalanx of digits II–V free from scansorial pad. Body atuberculate. Differs from non-Australian Gehyra by lack of extensive webbing between toes III and IV and a cutaneous fold along the posterior margin of the hindlimb, and the presence of transversely widened subcaudal scales. Differs from Australian species by small (~ 45 mm SVL) body size and a wedge of granules at the base of the expanded terminal pads on the digits; further distinguished from G. xenopus by 6 lamellae on fourth finger and toe, 7 or 8 upper and lower labials, single internarial, ~30 interorbital scales, ~25 precloacal and femoral pores in males in an unbroken chevron and dorsal pattern with transverse rows of alternating light and dark spots or bars.
CommentSimilar species: May have been previously confused with G. xenopus.

HABITAT: All specimens were collected from areas of rugged sandstone. Collection notes mention the tops of open sandstone platforms, the top of a large boulder on a high outcrop and one specimen from a tree in a wetland adjacent to a low rocky ridge. 
EtymologyETYMOLOGY: The epithet spheniscus (Latinized Greek), meaning ‘a small wedge’ refers to the triangle-shaped wedge of granules on the toe pads. Used as a noun in apposition. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Doughty, Paul;, Russell Palmer, Mark J. Sistrom, Aaron M. Bauer and Stephen C. Donnellan, 2012. Two new species of Gehyra (Squamata: Gekkonidae) geckos from the north-west Kimberley region of Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 27: 117-134 - 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
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