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Oedura murrumanu OLIVER, LAVER, MELVILLE & DOUGHTY, 2014

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Limestone Range Velvet Gecko 
SynonymOedura murrumanu OLIVER, LAVER, MELVILLE & DOUGHTY 2014 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Oscar Range, Western Australia (17.9166°S, 125.3024°E).  
TypesHolotype: WAM R173368 (Field# PMO54), an adult male with original tail, collected by Paul Oliver, Paul Horner, and Susan Perkins on 28 October 2013. Paratypes. WAM R173370 (Field# PMO56), NMV D76948 (PMO55) with same collection details as holotype; NMV D77002 (PMO51), NMV D76947 (PMO53), WAM R173369 (Field# PMO52) collected by Paul Oliver, Paul Horner, and Susan Perkins, Oscar Range (17.9125°S, 125.2827°E) on 28 October 2013. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A large (SVL to 10 mm) species of Oedura, with a wide (HW/SVL 0.18–0.20) and relatively shallow head (HD/SVL 0.011), moderately long (TL/SVL 0.69–0.74) and slightly to moderately swollen tail (TW < HW), large eyes (EYE/SVL 0.067–0.069), rostral crease extending less than 20% height of rostral, digits with –7 paired sets of distal subdigital lamellae, of which the largest are expanded to form distinct lateral fringes, a weak postorbital stripe, light spots on dorsum and head typically > scales wide, and 5 light bands on the tail (Figs. 2–6).
CommentSize: max. 10 mm SVL 
EtymologyMurru manu’ (‘u’ pronouced as ‘oo’) is the word for gecko in the language of the Bunuba people of the south-west Kimberley. This new species is probably entirely restricted to the traditional lands of the Bunuba. 
  • 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
  • Laver RJ, Doughty P, Oliver PM. 2017. Origins and patterns of endemic diversity in two specialized lizard lineages from the Australian Monsoonal Tropics (Oedura spp.). J Biogeogr. 00: 1–12 - get paper here
  • OLIVER, PAUL M.; REBECCA J. LAVER, JANE MELVILLE, PAUL DOUGHTY 2014. A new species of Velvet Gecko (Oedura: Diplodactylidae) from the limestone ranges of the southern Kimberley, Western Australia. Zootaxa 3873 (1): 049–061 - get paper here
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