Strophurus taenicauda taenicauda
- GBIF Backbone Taxonomy
- Published in
- De Vis, C. W. On certain geckos in the Queensland Museum. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales (2) 1 (I): 168—170 . (1886).
- Strophurus taenicauda
Diagnosis: Strophurus taenicauda taenicauda is a medium sized (maximum SVL 71.4 mm), well-patterned gecko from south-western Qld (Fig. 6 A). It is distinguished by the following combination of character states: dorsal spots large; golden tail stripe single, with undulating or transversely extending lateral margins; eye colour red. See Table 5 for comparisons with newly described conspecific subspecies.
Other material examined. QMJ 720, (no locality data); QMJ 9101, Condamine (- 26.93 ˚, 150.13 ˚); QMJ 10926, Dalby (- 27.18 ˚, 151.25 ˚); QMJ 13497, QMJ 13503 – 05, AMR 5841, Cardwell Stn (- 27.36, 151.4); QMJ 15288, Rockwood Stn, 32 km SW Chinchilla (- 26.93 ˚, 150.37 ˚); QMJ 15541 – 42, Injune, 80 – 160 km NW (- 24.9 ˚, 148.52 ˚); QMJ 26978, Chinchilla, 10 km N (- 26.67 ˚, 150.58 ˚); QMJ 30522, Kolane Stn (- 25.8 ˚, 150.28 ˚); QMJ 36983, Braemar SF, via Kogan (- 27.22 ˚, 150.83 ˚); QMJ 38497, Pony Hills SF (- 25.83 ˚, 149.03 ˚); QMJ 47954, Injune area (- 25.85 ˚, 148.57 ˚); QMJ 69670, Carnarvon NP, Salvator Rosa section (- 24.8 ˚, 147.2 ˚); QMJ 86304, Carnarvon NP, QLD (- 24.97 ˚, 147.98 ˚); AMR 10592, Moola, Kaimkillenbun Via Dalby (- 27.1 ˚, 151.533 ˚); AMR 15942, Dalby (- 27.183 ˚, 151.250 ˚). All localities are from Queensland, Australia. TABLE 4. Summary of statistical differences in morphometric and meristic variables between subspecies (characters without statistical differences among all subspecies pairs are not listed). Characteristic S. t. taenicauda / S. t. albiocularis ssp. nov. S. t. taenicauda / S. t. triaureus ssp. nov. S. t. triaureus ssp. nov. / S. t. albiocularis ssp. nov Head width NS NS <0.05 Snout length: head length % NS <0.05 <0.05 Eye to ear distance NS <0.05 NS Hind limb length <0.05 <0.05 NS Fourth toe length NS <0.05 NS Rostral groove height <0.05 NS <0.05 Supralabial count <0.05 NS NS Infralabial count NS <0.05 <0.05 Interorbital count <0.05 <0.05 NS Loreal scale count NS <0.05 <0.05 Median Internasal scale count NS <0.05 <0.05 Postnasal scale count <0.05 <0.05 NS Interpore scale count <0.05 NS <0.05 Male cloacal spur scale count <0.05 NS <0.05 Fourth finger primary lamellae NS <0.05 <0.05 Fourth finger secondary lamellae indentation NS <0.05 <0.05 Fourth finger tertiary lamellae NS NS <0.05 Fourth toe primary lamellae NS <0.05 <0.05 Fourth finger secondary lamel- lae indentation NS <0.05 <0.05 Specimens of S. taenicauda (assigned herein to S. t. taenicauda) held in the collections of the Queensland Museum (QMJ 13491 – QMJ 13506) and the Australian Museum (AMR 5840 – AMR 5842) are said to come from ' Cardwell, N. E. Q. ', a locality that is around 600 km north of the known range for this species. Examination of the Queensland Museum collection registers shows that this material was initially part of a series of 26 specimens registered on the 26 th July 1912 as QMJ 180 and that at the time of registration three of these were sent to the Australian Museum as an exchange. Sixteen of the Queensland Museum specimens were subsequently re-registered as QMJ 13491 – QMJ 13506 (1 st November 1965) and no explanation was given as to the whereabouts of the remaining seven specimens in the series; presumably they were lost or discarded because of poor condition. The entry for QMJ 180 states that these specimens came from the ' old collection' but no earlier records can be found to show when they were first acquired by the Queensland Museum. A disparity exists in the ' locality' data between the 1912 registration and the subsequent 1965 re-registration. In 1912 the locality is given as ' Cardwell' but in 1965 it appears as ' Cardwell, N. E. Q'. The register entries provide the coordinates for the town of Cardwell in north-eastern Queensland (- 18.27 °, 146.02 °) but in both cases these have been written in a different hand and added at a later date. That ' N. E. Q' first appears with the 1965 register entry strongly suggests that the author of this entry assumed that ' Cardwell' referred to the town in north-eastern Queensland and casts doubt as to the geographic origin of this material. We believe a more likely collection locality is Cardwell Station (- 27.365 °, 151.4044 °), southwest of Bowenville. Cardwell Station lies within the known extent of occurrence for this species and there are five confirmed records within 30 km of this site since 2000 (A. Borsboom pers. comm., 2011). Habitat data provided by the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) further supports this view. Within a 10 km radius of Cardwell Station, there is habitat (Regional Ecosystem 11.3.2; Sattler & Williams 1999) that, in a recent conservation assessment, was thought to have a ' medium probability' of supporting this species (Borsboom 2006) and from which other specimens of this species have been recorded (see Appendix 1). The town of Cardwell in north-eastern Queensland, however, lies within the Wet Tropics bioregion and does not support any Regional Ecosystem type that has been described as suitable habitat for this species.
- Strophurus taenicauda taenicauda