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Black Pilbara gecko

black Pilbara gecko (Heteronotia atra)
Harding River Dam, Northern Territory
Photo © Brad Maryan
Heteronotia atra - Pepper, Doughty, Fujita, Moritz and Keogh, 2013
Pronunciation  'varied back'.1   AH-trah
Etymology  Heteronotia: HET-err-oh-NOH-tee-ah
atra: "The specific name atra (Latin) means ‘black’, and refers to the melanic coloration."2
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 5.85 cm
Species max: 6.25 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


"This species is known from a geologically distinctive basaltic, flat-topped mesa near Karratha in the northwest Pilbara region. Specimen WAM R163253 was collected nearby but not on the mesa itself."2

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia


"Bare black boulder scree (Cooya Pooya dolerite) with scattered Triodia and shrubs."2

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