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Strophurus intermedius (OGILBY, 1892)

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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Southern Spiny-tailed Gecko, Eastern Spiny-tailed Gecko 
SynonymDiplodactylus intermedius OGILBY 1892: 10
Diplodactylus strophurus — STRAUCH 1887
Diplodactylus spinigerus — ZIETZ 1920 (partim)
Diplodactylus strophurus intermedius — MITCHELL 1955: 383
Diplodactylus strophurus intermedius — WERMUTH 1965: 26
Diplodactylus ciliaris intermedius — KLUGE 1967
Strophurus intermedius — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Strophurus intermedius — GREER 1989
Strophurus intermedius — KLUGE 1993
Diplodactylus intermedius — COGGER 2000: 219
Strophurus intermedius — RÖSLER 2000: 115
Strophurus intermedius burrelli HOSER 2005
Strophurus intermedius — COGGER 2014: 336 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, SE Western Australia)

Type locality: Interior of New South Wales.  
TypesLectotype: AMS R285 (1892 D. intermedius Ogilby); designated by Kluge 1967 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A very small, short-tailed member of the complex (total length up to 92 mm long), very like D. assimilis but smaller and having a relatively shorter tail, more internasals (mode 3, v. 1), and dorsal tubercles arranged in two continuous parallel rows. Distinguishable from D. wellingtonae, D. ciliaris aberrans and D. c. ciliaris by much shorter spines above eye and on tail [STORR 1988: 130]

Hoser (2005) described a new subspecies, S. i. burrelli. His diagnosis states that the new form can be distinguished “by darker, more brown than orange spines on the rear body and tail than is seen in S. intermedius intermedius” (and a couple of other, similarly vague characters). Because this description is not supported by adequate statistics we do not recognize the new subspecies for the time being. 
CommentGroup: Diplodactylus strophurus group (subgenus Strophurus). 
EtymologyNamed for being intermediate between S. ciliaris and S. spinigerus, and strophurus (Storr 1990: 27). 
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  • Greer, A.E. 1989. The biology and evolution of Australian lizards. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, NSW 264 pp.
  • Hoser, R. 2005. A new subspecies of Strophurus intermedius (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from south Australia. Boydii: Journal of the Herpetological Society of Queensland, Spring 2005, pp. 14-15. [] - get paper here
  • Kaiser, H.; Crother, B.I.; Kelly, C.M.R.; Luiselli, L.; O’Shea, M.; Ota, H.; Passos, P.; Schleip, W.D. & Wüster, W. 2013. Best Practices: In the 21st Century, Taxonomic Decisions in Herpetology are Acceptable Only When Supported by a Body of Evidence and Published via Peer-Review. Herpetological Review 44 (1): 8-23
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  • Laube, A. & Langner, C. 2007. Die Gattung Strophurus. Draco 8 (29): 49-66 - get paper here
  • Longman, H. A. 1916. Snakes and lizards from Queensland and the Northern Territory. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 5: 46-51
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  • Mitchell, F. J. 1955. Preliminary account of the Reptilia and Amphibia collected by the National Geographic Society - Commonwealth Government - Smithsonian Institution Expedition to Arnhem Land (April to November, 1948). Rec. South Austral. Mus. 11: 373-408 - get paper here
  • Ogilby, J. D. 1892. Descriptions of three new Australian lizards. Rec. Austral. Mus. 2: 6—11 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
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  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
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