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Inland ring-tailed gecko

inland ring-tailed gecko (Cyrtodactylus mcdonaldi)
Chillagoe, Queensland
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Cyrtodactylus mcdonaldi - Shea, Couper, Worthington Wilmer & Amey, 2011
Pronunciation  SIR-toe-DAK-till-us   mc-DONN-ald-ee
Etymology  Cyrtodactylus: 'curved-toe'
mcdonaldi: "Named after Keith R. McDonald (b: 1950), Principal Senior Technical Officer, Threatened Species Unit, Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management, and an Honorary Research Associate of the Queensland Museum, resident of Atherton, and discoverer of numerous north Queensland reptile and amphibian species. It was Keith who first alerted PC Patrick Couper, of the Queensland Museum that Australian 'C. louisiadensis' had an interesting, fragmented distribution and warranted further investigation. Keith was instrumental in collecting many of the initial tissue samples on which this revision is based."1
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 9 cm
Species max: 10.5 cm
Female avg: 9 cm
Male avg: 8.5 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


"From Parrot Creek Falls, near Shiptons Flat, in the north, south to Chillagoe and 21.4 km East of Chillagoe."1

Found in the following Australian states/territories



Found primarily on limestone karst (at Chillagoe) and granite outcrops, but may occur on trees and in houses.1

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