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Kimberley fat-tailed gecko

Kimberley fat-tailed gecko (Diplodactylus custos)
North Kimberley, Western Australia
Photo © Brendan Schembri
Diplodactylus custos - Couper, Oliver & Pepper, 2014
Pronunciation  DIP-low-DAK-till-us  
Etymology  Diplodactylus: 'double-toe'.1
custos: "From the latin for guard, with reference to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) and their ambitious and effective conservation and research programs in the Kimberley (where this species is endemic) and elsewhere in Australia. Used as a noun in apposition."2
Other names  Diplodactylus conspicillatus 
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 6.1 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


"Known from widespread but scattered localities from across the Kimberley region of north-western Australia, ranging from Kununurra in the north-west, south to Purnululu National Park, to around Derby in the south-west, with additional records from the Yampi Peninsula and high rainfall zone of the north-west Kimberley. Has been recorded from Koolan Island off the west Kimberley, the only insular record of a member of the D. conspicillatus complex".2

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia


"A single specimen from Ellenbrae Station in the central Kimberley was collected from open Eucalyptus woodland on the top of a stony rise with heavy clay soils, while specimens from around Kununurra were collected from rocky hillsides vegetated with open grassy woodland (P. Oliver pers obs)."2

Other specimens have been found in woodlands on gravelly soils, sheltering in abandoned spider burrows (B. Schembri pers. comm.).

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