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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymLucasium microplax EASTWOOD, DOUGHTY, HUTCHINSON & PEPPER 2020 
DistributionAustralia (South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory)

Type locality: 6.4 km south-east of Stonewall Dam, Andamooka Station (30.7411°S, 137.3411°E)  
TypesHolotype: SAMA R48940, male; Paratypes: SAMA, WAM, NTM 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS: A Lucasium distinguished from other members of the genus by rostral in point contact with nostril, rostral crease present, terminal apical plates very small, not extending past digits, tail relatively short (TailL%SVL ~0.70), males and females with two precloacal pores and males with two enlarged cloacal spurs. Background colour a plain dark reddish-brown, isolated small to medium pale yellowish spots on sides that may be connected to well-defined vertebral stripe narrowly outlined by black.

DESCRIPTION: Eastwood et al. 2020: 77

COMPARISONS: Eastwood et al. 2020: 79 
CommentOnly limited information provided as authors did not send them as requested.

Distribution: for a map see Eastwood et al. 2020: 67 (Fig. 2). 
EtymologyThe specific name microplax means ‘small plate’ (Greek), in reference to the tiny apical plates in this species. Used as a noun in apposition. 
  • Eastwood, Jack A.; Paul Doughty, Mark N. Hutchinson and Mitzy Pepper 2020. Revision of Lucasium stenodactylus (Boulenger, 1896; Squamata: Diplodactylidae), with the resurrection of L. woodwardi (Fry, 1914) and the description of a new species from south-central Australia RECORDS OF THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM 35: 063–086 - get paper here
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