You are here » home advanced search Saltuarius swaini

Saltuarius swaini (WELLS & WELLINGTON, 1985)

Can you confirm these amateur observations of Saltuarius swaini?

Add your own observation of
Saltuarius swaini »

Find more photos by Google images search: Google images

Higher TaxaCarphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko 
SynonymPhyllurus swaini WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 14
Saltuarius swaini — COUPER, COVACEVICH & MORITZ 1993
Saltuarius swaini — COGGER 2000: 743
Saltuarius swaini — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Saltuarius swaini — COGGER 2014: 281 
DistributionAustralia (SE Queensland, NE New South Wales)

Type locality: Richmond Range State Forest, NSW  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R116978 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A large, slender-bodied Saltuarius (maximum SVL 14 mm) with smooth throat scales, no preanal pores (in either sex) and a prominent, narrow V-shaped marking running back deeply between the eyes (Fig. 7D in COUPER et al. 2008). It is dis- tinguished from its congeners by the following combined characters: rostral shield usually in contact with nostril (Fig. 8B); scales on snout do not usually grade evenly from small to large (in dorsal–ventral transect), but are intermixed with larger granules above the supralabials (Fig. 9B); spinose tubercules on dorsal surfaces of hands, feet and digits (Fig. 10B); a high tubercule count across flared portion of original tail (mode = 10, mean = 9.42, SD = 1.74); original tail with broad cream/grey zones, as opposed to narrow pale cross bands (Fig. 1C); enlarged dorsal and lateral tubercules extend to tail tip (Fig. 1C). 
  • Bauer, A.M. 2013. Geckos - The Animal Answer Guide. Johns Hopkins University Press, 159 pp.
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Couper, P.J.; Sadlier, R.A.; Shea, G.M. & Worthington Wilmer, J. 2008. A Reassessment of Saltuarius swaini (Lacertilia: Diplodactylidae) in Southeastern Queensland and New South Wales; Two New Taxa, Phylogeny, Biogeography and Conservation. Rec. Austral. Mus. 60: 87–118 - get paper here
  • Couper,P. J., C. J. SCHNEIDER & J. A. COVACEVICH 1997. A new species of Saltuarius (Lacertilia: Gekkonidae) from granite-based, open forests of Eastern Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 42 (1): 91-96.
  • Doody, J. Sean and Stewart MacDonald. 2014. Saltuarius swaini (southern leaf-tailed gecko) tail autotomy. Herpetological Review 45 (3): 505 - get paper here
  • Hoskin C.J.; Couper P.J. 2013. A spectacular new leaf-tailed gecko (Carphodactylidae: Saltuarius) from the Melville Range, north-east Australia. Zootaxa 3717 (4): 543–558 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Laube, A. & Langner, C. 2007. Die australischen Riesenblattschwanzgeckos der Gattung Saltuarius. Draco 8 (29): 67-77 - get paper here
  • Rösler, Herbert 2017. Gecko-Chorologie (Squamata: Gekkota). Gekkota (4): 1-160
  • Shea, Glenn M; Sadlier, Ross A 1999. A catalogue of the non-fossil amphibian and reptile type specimens in the collection of the Australian Museum: types currently, previously and purportedly present. TECHNICAL REPORTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM 15, 1999: 1-91 - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • Wells, R. W. and Wellington, C. R. 1985. A classification of the Amphibia and Reptilia of Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology, Supplementary Series (1): 1-61 [sometimes cited as 1983] - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
External links  
Is it interesting? Share with others:

Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator