Australian leaf-tailed geckos: phylogeny, a new genus, two new species and other new data

Couper, P.J., Schneider, C.J., Hoskin, C.J., and Covacevich, J.A. (2000) Australian leaf-tailed geckos: phylogeny, a new genus, two new species and other new data. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum - Nature, 45 (2). pp. 253-265.

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[Extract] Australia's rainforests and adjoining moist sclerophyll forests and heaths are well known for their high diversity and for many species confined to either single localities, or very narrow ranges. Leaf-tailed geckos from such forests well illustrate these characteristics. For nearly 200 years of discovery and description of Australia's reptiles, only two species of 'leaf-tails', Phyllurus platurus (Shaw, 1790) and P. cornutus (Ogilby, 1892) = Saltuarius cornutus (Ogilby, 1892), were known. Morphological studies since 1975 have resulted in the recognition of many new species and the genus Saltuarius Couper, Covacevich & Moritz, 1993 - P. caudiannulatus Covacevich, 1975; P. isis Couper, Covacevich & Moritz, 1993; P. nepthys Couper, Covacevich & Moritz, 1993; P. ossa Couper, Covacevich & Moritz, 1993; S. salebrosus (Covacevich, 1975); Saltuarius occultus Couper, Covacevich &Moritz, 1993 and S. swaini (Wells & Wellington, 1985). Eight of the 12 presently known species have narrow distributions with four confined to single localities.

Item ID: 35243
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0079-8835
Funders: Queensland Museum, University of Queensland (UQ), Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Projects and Grants: UQ Co-operative Research Centre for Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Management, UQ Centre for Conservation Biology, DNR Comprehensive Regional Assessment Project
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 06:06
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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