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Strophurus horneri OLIVER & PARKIN, 2014

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Arnhem Phasmid Gecko 
SynonymStrophurus horneri OLIVER & PARKIN 2014 
DistributionN Australia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: Yirrkakak, west Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia (12°12'14"S, 133°48'03"E),  
TypesHolotype: NMV D72591, female, collected by P. Horner, J. Melville & R. Glor, 9 November 2004. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A very small (SVL ~ 36 mm) and slender-bodied Strophurus with a narrow head (HW/SVL 0.15–0.16), no caudal spines or tubercles, rostral separated from the nostril by an internasal scale, a high number of relatively small supralabials (13–15), and body coloration in life consisting of four broad yellow longitudinal stripes on a greyish or brown background. As more specimens of this species are examined it may be confirmed that rostral not or only partially divided by a strongly defined medial groove is another useful diagnostic character. Males of all related taxa (S. jeanae, S. robinsoni, S. taeniatus and Strophurus cf. horneri from elsewhere on the Arnhem Plateau) also lack post-cloacal or femoral pores, and it is presumed that this species also shares this character state. 
EtymologyNamed in honor of Dr. Paul Horner, Emeritus Curator of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, in recognition of his significant contributions to Australian reptile systematics. 
  • Laver, R.J., Nielsen, S.V., Rosauer, D.F., Oliver, P.M. 2017. Trans-biome diversity in Australian grass-specialist lizards (Diplodactylidae: Strophurus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
  • Oliver, P.M. & Parkin, T. 2014. A new phasmid gecko (Squamata: Diplodactylidae: Strophurus) from the Arnhem Plateau: more new diversity in rare vertebrates from northern Australia. Zootaxa 3878 (1): 037–048 - get paper here
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