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Heteronotia planiceps STORR, 1989

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Bynoe's Prickly Gecko 
SynonymHeteronotia planiceps STORR 1989
Heteronotia spelea — SMITH & JOHNSTONE 1981
Heteronotia planiceps — KLUGE 1993
Heteronotia planiceps — COGGER 2000: 741
Heteronotia planiceps — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (N Western Australia plus SE Pilbara, adjacent Northern Territory)

Type locality: 15 km SW Kings Cascade, Western Australia, in 15° 43' S, 125°12' E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM 96971 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A moderately small lIeteronotia with bold pattern of dark straight-edged transverse nuchal, dorsal and caudal bands, distinguishable from H. spelea by temporal stripe in contact with occipital band but not with nuchal band. (When dorsal bands are present in H. binoei they are narrow, not straight-edged and about 7 in number). 
CommentSimilar species: Closely related to Heteronotia spelea, but the relationship has not been resolved. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “planus” = flat and “-ceps” head. 
  • 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
  • Smith, L.A. & Johnstone, R.E. 1981. Amphibians and reptiles of Mitchell Plateau and adjacent coast and lowlands, Kimberley, Western Australia. In: Biological Survey of Mitchell Plateau and Admirality Gulf, Kimberley, Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth: pp. 215-227
  • Storr, G. M. 1989. A new Heteronotia (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) from Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 14: 269—273 - 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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