Live specimen of Crenadactylus pilbarensisI/i> (Photo Credit: Linette Umbrello)

Pilbara clawless gecko

Crenadactylus pilbarensis

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. 

Morphology

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.

Evolution

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

Sexual

Habitat

Terrestrial

Occurs in spinifex clumps on rocky hills and in gullies.

Distribution

Restricted to the Pilbara craton.

Taxonomy

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Saurina
Family: Diplodactylidae
Genus: Crenadactylus
Species: pilbarensis
Name Published Year: 2016
Rank: species
Scientific Name Authorship: Doughty, Ellis & Oliver
Commercial Impact: 

None

Conservation Assessment: Least Concern

Net Conservation Benefits Fund

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