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Desert wood gecko

desert wood gecko (Diplodactylus wiru)
Queen Victoria Spring, Western Australia
Photo © Brad Maryan
Diplodactylus wiru - Hutchinson, Doughty & Oliver, 2009
Pronunciation  DIP-low-DAK-till-us  
Etymology  Diplodactylus: 'double-toe'.1
wiru: The specific epithet is an adjective from the western desert languages (e.g., Pitjantjatjara, Ngaatjatjarra), wiru meaning 'beautiful' or 'fine'; chosen to highlight the bold markings of this species.2
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 5.4 cm
Species max: 5.9 cm
Clutch size
Average: 2
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


'Southern Great Victoria Desert and adjacent sandy habitat blocks. Records extend southwest to Norseman, Western Australia, and east to the Lake Acraman area, Gawler Ranges, South Australia. Northern limits appear to be at about the level of the Serpentine Lakes, South Australia. Absent from the Nullarbor Plain. The absence of this species from the area immediately west of the WA border likely represents a gap in collecting effort.'2

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia, South Australia


'Specimens pit-trapped or observed at night have been associated with large mallee eucalypts with extensive ground litter of fallen bark, branches and leaves. Unlike syntopic species of Lucasium (beaded gecko (Lucasium damaeum); Southern sandplain gecko (Lucasium bungabinna)) which were generally found in open sandy patches, specimens of Diplodactylus wiru appeared to stay close to woody debris and ‘cluttered’ understorey cover. The distributional pattern of D. wiru is highly congruent with those of a number of species that occur in a narrow band of sandy mallee vegetation communities that lie between the semiarid south coast and hinterland and the Great Victoria Desert'.2

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