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Variable fat-tailed gecko

variable fat-tailed gecko (Diplodactylus conspicillatus)
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Photo © Jordan de Jong
Diplodactylus conspicillatus - Lucas & Frost, 1897
Pronunciation  DIP-low-DAK-till-us   kon-SPISS-ill-AH-tuss
Etymology  Diplodactylus: 'double-toe'.1
conspicillatus: 'spectacled'.1
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 6.2 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


"Very widely distributed throughout much of the arid zone; extending west to the eastern edge of the Pilbara and Western Australian Goldfields, east to Cunnamulla in south central Queensland, and south to the northern edge of the Nullarbor Plain in South Australia. There are also scattered records from the Australian Monsoonal tropics in the Northern Territory, including two specimens from a high rainfall zone in north-eastern Arnhemland."2

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia


"...inhabits a very wide range of habitats ranging from sparsely vegetated Gibber plains to open woodlands, but is generally associated with harder stony, clay and compacted sandy substrates."2

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