A new species of Velvet Gecko (Oedura: Diplodactylidae) from the limestone ranges of the southern Kimberley, Western Australia

Paul M. Oliver, Rebecca J. Laver, Jane Melville, Paul Doughty

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Abstract

We describe a new species of large Oedura from the Oscar Range on the southern edge of the Kimberley Craton in northwestern Australia. Oedura murrumanu sp. nov. can be distinguished from all congeners by the combination of large size (snout-vent length to 103 mm), moderately long and slightly swollen tail, tiny scales on the dorsum, fringe of laterally expanded lamellae on each digit, and 6-7 paired distal subdigital lamellae on the fourth toe. The new species is the first endemic vertebrate known from the limestone ranges of the southern Kimberley; however, this area remains poorly surveyed and further research (particularly wet season surveys and genetic analyses) is required to better characterise regional biodiversity values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-61
Number of pages13
JournalZootaxa
Volume3873
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Australian monsoonal tropics
  • Endemism
  • Lizard
  • Mesic refigia
  • Oscar Range
  • Saxacoline

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