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Robust velvet gecko
Nebulifera - Oliver, Bauer, Greenbaum, Jackman & Hobbie, 2012

Pronunciation: NEB-yule-IFF-er-ah
 Etymology: "'cloud-bearer' from the Latin nebulo (cloud) and fera (bearer), in reference to the light blotches along the dorsum. 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 relatively simple and consisting of large light grey botches on a dark brown background, (3) two to five cloacal spurs, (4) no evidence of a vertebral stripe, (5) moderately large size (up to 80 mm), and (6) strongly depressed and widened tail (as opposed to relatively narrow and often round in cross section). Characters 1–2 specifically diagnose this genus against Oedura, while characters 4–6 diagnose this genus from Amalosia."1

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

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: robust velvet gecko (Nebulifera robusta) at 8 cm
 Longest Australian species: robust velvet gecko (Nebulifera robusta) at 8 cm
Number of Australian species: 1

robust velvet gecko (Nebulifera robusta)
Brisbane, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
robust velvet gecko (Nebulifera robusta) distribution range map Nebulifera robusta
Robust velvet gecko
Year described
(Boulenger 1885)

  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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