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Nephrurus cinctus STORR, 1963

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Higher TaxaCarphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Northern banded knob-tailed gecko 
SynonymNephrurus wheeleri cinctus STORR 1963
Nephrurus wheeleri cinctus STORR 1963
Nephrurus cinctus — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Nephrurus wheeleri cinctus — RÖSLER 2000: 97
Nephrurus wheeleri cinctus — LOVE 2014: 14
Nephrurus cinctus — KEALLEY et al. 2020 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Fortescue River districts)

Type locality: Tambrey, in 21° 38’ S, 117° 37’ E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R4284, O. Cusack, 1931; paratypes: WAM 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Differs from all other Nephrurus by a combination of enlarged tubercles scattered over body, tubercles surrounded by enlarged scales, tail short, broad and flattened with deep ridges, narrowing to terminate in a small knob, four dark bands on the nape, dorsum and tail and background colour dull reddish brown. Further differs from N. cinctus by smaller body size, fewer and less prominent tubercles, especially evident on the gular region, and dark maculations on the snout and above mouth. 
CommentHabitat. Prefers stony soils around granite outcrops and breakaway country. Usually found active at night in rocky areas with rubble on the ground. During the day, can be found sheltering under tin or beneath pieces of iron on the soil. 
EtymologyNamed after the leader of the Harvard Australian expedition that found this species, Dr. William M. Wheeler. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • 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
  • Kealley, Luke; Paul Doughty, Danielle Edwards and Ian G. Brennan 2020. Taxonomic assessment of two pygopodoid gecko subspecies from Western Australia. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution - get paper here
  • Love, B. 2014. Die unsichtbare Arche. Reptilia (Münster) 19 (107): 14-15
  • Loveridge, A. 1932. New lizards of the genera Nephrurus and Amphibolurus from Western Australia. Proc. New England zool. Club 13:31-34.
  • MCGILL, BRENDAN 2015. Captive husbandry and breeding of the banded knob-tailed gecko (Nephrurus wheeleri cinctus) at Perth Zoo. Herpetological Bulletin (134) - get paper here
  • Oliver, P.M. & Bauer, A.M. 2011. Systematics. and evolution of the Australian knob-tail geckos (Nephrurus, Carphodactylidae, Gekkota): Pleisomorphic grades and biome shifts through the Miocene. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59 (3): 664-674 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1963. The gekkonid genus Nephrurus in Western Australia, including a new species and three new subspecies. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 46:85-90.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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