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Nephrurus wheeleri LOVERIDGE, 1932

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Higher TaxaCarphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Southern banded knob-tailed gecko 
SynonymNephrurus laevis — LUCAS & LE SOUEF 1909 (partim)
Nephrurus wheeleri LOVERIDGE 1932
Nephrurus wheeleri wheeleri — STORR 1963
Nephrurus wheeleri wheeleri — RÖSLER 2000: 97
Nephrurus wheeleri — COGGER 2000: 257
Nephrurus wheeleri — OLIVER & BAUER 2011
Nephrurus wheeleri — COGGER 2014: 269 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Murchison River district)

Type locality: Yandil, 30 mi NE of Wiluna, W. A. (26°22'S, 119°49'E)  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 32950, A.G. Paterson, September 1931; Paratypes: WAM R4459 (formerly MCZ R32955), BMNH, RMNH ? 
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. 
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