Saltuarius moritzi COUPER, SADLIER, SHEA & WORTHINGTON-WILMER, 2008
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Saltuarius moritzi?
|Higher Taxa||Carphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Saltuarius moritzi COUPER, SADLIER, SHEA & WORTHINGTON-WILMER 2008|
Saltuarius moritzi — COGGER 2014: 279
|Distribution||Australia (New South Wales)|
Type locality: Comboyne Plateau, Boorgana NR (31°36'56"S 152°24'53"E) NSW.
|Types||Holotype: AMS (AM) R158990|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A medium-sized Saltuarius (maximum SVL 109 mm) with smooth throat scales, no preanal pores (in either sex) and often with a prominent, narrow V-shaped marking running back between the eyes (Fig. 7B in COUPER et al. 2008). It is distinguished from its congeners by the following suite of characters: rostral shield usually contacts nostril (Fig. 8B); dorsal surface of toes usually with large spinose tubercules (Fig. 10B); scales on snout usually grade evenly from small to large (in dorsal–ventral transect, Fig. 9A), not intermixed with larger granules above the supralabials (Fig. 9B); two narrow pale bands are usually continuous across the flared portion of the original tail (Fig. 13A); enlarged dorsal and lateral tubercules do not extend to tail tip (Fig. 13A); dark markings on head generally not strongly contrasting with base colour.|
|Comment||Habitat. Wet sclerophyll forests, on the trunks of Flooded Gums and the bases of hollow, dead trees, at Coffs Harbour and O’Sullivans Gap (near Bulahdelah); in closed forests on the bases of emergent Tristania sp. at Boorgana Nature Reserve (Comboyne Plateau) and on rock (outcrops, escarpments and gorges) at Sherwood Nature Reserve (Fig. 14A, near Glenreagh), Ebor Falls (Fig. 14B) and Blue Hole (near Armidale).|
|Etymology||For Professor Craig Moritz (University of California at Berkeley) for his contributions to the molecular phylogenetics of Australian rainforest reptiles.|