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Phyllurus isis COUPER, COVACEVICH & MORITZ, 1993

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Higher TaxaCarphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPhyllurus isis COUPER, COVACEVICH & MORITZ 1993
Phyllurus isis — COGGER 2000: 742
Phyllurus isis — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Phyllurus isis — COGGER 2014: 274 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland: Mt Blackwood (21°02', 148°56') and Mt Jukes (21 °02', 148°57'), Mackay district, MEQ)

Type locality: Mt Blackwood NP (21°02',148°56'), MEQ.  
TypesHolotype: QM J53511, gravid female; paratypes: QM 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS P. isis is the least spinose and smallest Phyllurus (maximum SVL 76mm). It most resembles P. ossa. From P. ossa it is distinguished by rostral grooves (a single groove partially dividing the rostral, Fig. 7e vs 2-3 grooves, usually 3, rarely 1, partially dividing the rostral, Fig. 7f-h). It is further distinguished from P. ossa by the size of its flank tubercules (small vs moderate). P. isis is readily distinguished from P. caudiannulatus by the shape of both its original and regrown tail (flared vs cylindrical) and by the nature of the rostral groove (rostral partially divided, Fig. 7 e vs rostral fully divided, Fig. 7 a); from P. nepthys by ventral colour pattern (immaculate vs 'peppered' brown); from P. platurus by original tail colour pattern (distinctly banded white vs lacking white bands) [from COUPER et al. 1993]. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologySelected from Egyptian mythology (Mackenzie, 1978). The epithet is to be treated as a noun in apposition. 
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  • Couper, P.J.; Covacevich, J.A. & Mortiz, C. 1993. A review of the leaf-tailed geckos endemic to eastern Australia: a new genus, four new species, and other new data. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 34 (1): 95-124
  • Hoskin, C.J.; P. J. Couper & C. J. Schneider 2003. A New Species of Phyllurus (Lacertailia: Gekkonidae) and a Revised Phylogeny and Key for the Australian Leaf-tailed Geckos. Australian Journal of Zoology 51 (2): 153-164 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - 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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