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Mereenie velvet gecko

Mereenie velvet gecko (Oedura luritja)
Finke Gorge National Park, Northern Territory
Photo © Jordan de Jong
Oedura luritja - Oliver & McDonald, 2016
Pronunciation  oh-DUR-ah  
Etymology  Oedura: 'swollen tail', refering to the thick tail.
luritja: "Luritja is a collective name for people speaking several dialects of the Aboriginal Western Desert language. The western parts of the distribution of Oedura luritja (including Watarrka National Park) are in Luritja lands. Luritja is also believed to be derived from the Arrernte word ‘Ulerenye’ meaning foreigner or stranger, and is therefore further appropriate for such a deeply divergent lineage. Used as a noun in apposition." (Oliver & McDonald 2016)
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 10 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


"Currently known only from the sandstone ranges of the southern MacDonnell Ranges Bioregion, extending from Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve in the east to Watarrka National Park in the west." (Oliver & McDonald 2016)

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory


"All specimens with associated data have been collected from sandstone" (Oliver & McDonald 2016)

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