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Lepidodactylus pumilus (BOULENGER, 1885)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Slender Chained Gecko 
SynonymGecko pumilus BOULENGER 1885: 473
Lepidodactylus pumilus — BOULENGER 1898
Gecko pumilus — DE ROOIJ 1915: 54
Lepidodactylus pumilis — COGGER 1979
Lepidodactylus pumilis — OTA 1987: 167
Lepidodactylus pumilus — KLUGE 1993
Lepidodactylus pumilus — COGGER 2000: 250
Lepidodactylus pumilis — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland, Cape York Peninsula),
Murray and Hammond Islands (Torres Strait Islands),
Papua New Guinea (Daru Island and Fly River region, Western District)

Type locality: Murray Is., Torres Strait, Qld.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.25.93 
DiagnosisDescription: Head small; its width equals the distance from the end of the snout to the orbit posteriorly; snout one time and a half the diameter of the orbit; forehead slightly concave; ear-opening very small, roundish. Head covered with uniform small granules, much larger on the snout. Rostral quadrangular, not quite twice so broad as high, with a median cleft above; nostril bordered by the rostral, the first labial and three enlarged nasals. Eleven to twelve upper and nine or ten lower labials; mental small, triangular, not larger than the labials; three or four transverse rows of small hexagonal chin-shields. Body elongate, covered with small granules above. Ventral scales small, rounded, imbricate. Male with a short angular series of 11 praeanal pores, separated from 12 femoral pores on each side. Tail
cylindrical, slightly depressed at the base, covered with uniform small flat scales, largest below. Limbs moderate; digits one third webbed, dilated, inferiorly with angularly curved, undivided lamellae, 10-12 under the median toes (de Rooij 1915: 54).

Coloration: Pale reddish-brown above, with irregular dark brown spots, a dark line in the loreal region. Tail with dark markings. Belly brownish-white, many of the scales brown-dotted; throat and lips spotted with dark brown (de Rooij 1915: 54).

Size: Length of head and body 42 mm.; tail 44 mm (de Rooij 1915: 54). 
CommentGroup. Member of Lepidodactylus group I. Kraus and Oliver included 4 species in the L. pumilus group: L. magnus, L. pumilus, L. sacrolineatus, and L. zweifeli. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Descriptions of three new species of geckoes. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5) 16: 473-475 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • de Rooij, N. de 1915. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 pp. - get paper here
  • Ota, H. 1987. A new species of Lepidodactylus (Gekkonidae: Reptilia) from Lanyu Island, Taiwan. Copeia 1987 (1): 164-169. - get paper here
  • Rösler, H., Glaw, F.& R. Günther 2005. Aktualisierte Liste der Geckos von Neuguinea (Sauria: Geckonidae: Gekkoninae) mit vorläufiger Charakterisierung von neun Formen aus den Gattungen Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827, Gehyra Gray, 1834 und Nactus Kluge, 1983. Gekkota 5: 33-64 - 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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