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Reticulated velvet gecko
Hesperoedura - Oliver, Bauer, Greenbaum, Jackman & Hobbie, 2012

Pronunciation: HESS-per-oh-DURE-ah
 Etymology: "'western swollen-tail' from the Greek hesperos (western), oed (swollen) and dura (tail), in reference to its restricted distribution in the south-west Australian Biodiversity Hotspot. The generic name is feminine."1

Taxonomic notes:

This genus' sole member was formerly included in Oedura.1

"distinguished from all genera formally placed in the genus Oedura by the combination of (1) minute granular dorsal scales much smaller than ventrals, (2) dorsal pattern consisting broad brown pale edged vertebral stripe, (3) moderately small size (up to 70 mm SVL), (4) single cloacal spur, and (5) long slender and only moderately depressed tail. Characters 1–2 specifically diagnose this genus from Oedura, characters 3–4 from Amalosia, and characters 3–5 from Nebulifera."1

Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 1 out of 1 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: reticulated velvet gecko (Hesperoedura reticulata) at 7 cm
 Longest Australian species: reticulated velvet gecko (Hesperoedura reticulata) at 7 cm
Number of Australian species: 1

reticulated velvet gecko (Hesperoedura reticulata)
Crows Nest, Western Australia
Photo © Mark Sanders
reticulated velvet gecko (Hesperoedura reticulata) distribution range map Hesperoedura reticulata
Reticulated velvet gecko
Year described
(Bustard 1969)

  1. Oliver, P.M.; Bauer, A.M.; Greenbaum, E.; Jackman, T.; & Hobbie, T. (2012). Molecular phylogenetics of the arboreal Australian gecko genus Oedura Gray 1842 (Gekkota: Diplodactylidae): Another plesiomorphic grade?. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 63(2):255-264. - search web for this article
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