Pilbara clawless gecko
This species was initially discovered through DNA sequence analysis, when it was found to be distinct from other Crenadactylus. The species is found entirely in the Pilbara region, and is an example of the Pilbara isolating and preserving lineages through evolutionary history. The Pilbara has high endemicity because of its role as an evolutionary refuge.
This small gecko has alternating light and dark longitudinal stripes. It is distinguishable from other Crenadactylus by possessing a distinctive enlarged scale on the chin.
This species was recently discovered in a genetic study of Crenadactylus ocellatus. This molecular analysis led to the recognition of three new species, and involved recognising subspecies as full species. Crenadactylus pilbarensis was recovered as sister to the central Australian species, Crenadactylus horni.
Method of reproduction
Occurs in spinifex clumps on rocky hills and in gullies.
Restricted to the Pilbara craton.
|Name Published Year:||2016|
|Scientific Name Authorship:||Doughty, Ellis & Oliver|
|Conservation Assessment:||Least Concern|
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