A revision of Strophurus taenicauda (Squamata; Diplodactylidae) with the description of two new subspecies from central Queensland and a southerly range extension

Brown, Danny, Worthington Wilmer, Jessica , and Macdonald, Stewart (2012) A revision of Strophurus taenicauda (Squamata; Diplodactylidae) with the description of two new subspecies from central Queensland and a southerly range extension. Zootaxa, 3243. pp. 1-28.

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Abstract

The Golden-tailed Gecko, Strophurus taenicauda (De Vis 1886), is redescribed and two new subspecies from central Queensland are diagnosed on the basis of scalation, colour pattern and genetic differences. The distribution of S. t. taenicauda comprises the south-eastern part of the Queensland Brigalow Belt bioregion. Strophurus taenicauda albiocularis ssp. nov. occupies the northern half of the range whilst S. taenicauda triaureus ssp. nov. has a limited range in the central eastern part of the Brigalow Belt. The two new subspecies are predominantly inhabitants of Eucalyptus woodlands and are not as restricted to Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) woodlands as S. t. taenicauda. A single record of the nominate subspecies from northern New South Wales is also reported, extending the range of the species by >250km.

Item ID: 22678
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1175-5326
Keywords: Strophurus taenicauda albiocularis ssp nov., Strophurus taenicauda triaureus ssp nov., Brigalow Belt, reptile
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2012 10:16
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060301 Animal Systematics and Taxonomy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960803 Documentation of Undescribed Flora and Fauna @ 100%
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