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Saltuarius wyberba COUPER, SCHNEIDER & COVACEVICH, 1997

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Higher TaxaCarphodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Leaf-tailed Gecko 
SynonymSaltuarius wyberba COUPER, SCHNEIDER & COVACEVICH 1997
Saltuarius wyberba — COGGER 2000: 743
Saltuarius wyberba — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Saltuarius wyberba — COGGER 2014: 282
Saltuarius wyberba — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 117 
DistributionE Australia (Forested granitic areas of the Stanthorpe area on the New South Wales - Queensland border)

Type locality: Girraween NP, Granite Arch Trail, 1-5 km from Bald Rock campground, granite boulders in open forest (28°50', 151 °56.04') SE Qld.  
TypesHolotype: QM J61541, collected C. Schneider, P. Couper, M. Lara & J. Girling. Paratypes: AMS (AM) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium-sized Saltuarius (maximum SVL 108 mm) with smooth throat scales, no preanal pores in either sex and usually a wide, shallow V-shaped marking between the eyes (Fig. E 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; two narrow pale bands across the flared portion of the original tail, anterior-most usually broken in vertebral region (Fig. 13B); enlarged dorsal and lateral tubercules usually do not extend to tail tip (Fig. 13B); dark markings on head usually strongly contrasting with base colour and mean HD < 40% HW. 
CommentSaltuarius wyberba from the 'granite-belt' of southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, is separated from three of the four previously-known members of the genus in lacking male preanal pores. From the fourth, S. swaini (an obligate rainforest species), it is distinguished by smaller size, greater dorsoventral compression, shape and spinosity of the attenuated tail tip, colour and pattern.

Habitat. Associated with granite outcropping in open forest communities. 
EtymologyWyberba is a rail-siding on the western boundary of Girraween National Park, in the Stanthorpe area, SEQ. The name is reported to be of Aboriginal origin, and said to mean 'at the end of the mountain' (Harslett & Royle, 1980). The epithet is to be treated as a noun in apposition. 
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  • 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. - 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
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