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Species Gehyra variegata (Duméril & Bibron, 1836)

Tree Dtella

  • Hemidactylus variegatus Duméril, A.M.C. & Bibron, G. 1836. Erpétologie Générale ou Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Paris : Roret Vol. 3 iv 517 pp. [353].
    Type data:
     Lectotype MNHP 2295, Shark Bay, Western Australia.
    Paralectotype(s) MNHP 254 3 specimens, Tasmania (in error) and Shark Bay, WA; WAM various.
    Subsequent designation references:
    Wells, R. & Wellington, C.R. 1983. A synopsis of the class Reptilia in Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology 1: 73–129.
  • Gecko grayi Steindachner, F. 1867. Reptilien. pp. 1–98 in, Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859 unter den Befehlen des Commodore B. von Wüllerstorff-Urbair. Zoologie 1(3). Vienna : State Printer. [1869 on title page] [11, pl. 1 fig. 3].
    Type data:
     Holotype NHMW (unnumbered), 'New South Wales'.
  • Dactyloperus annetteae Wells, R.W. & Wellington, C.R. 1985. A classification of the Amphibia and Reptilia of Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology Supplementary Series 1: 1-61 [11].
    Type data:
     Holotype AM R116971 (previously AMF 16789), Willandra National Park, near Hillston, NSW.
    Secondary source:
     Kluge, A.G. 1991. Checklist of gekkonoid lizards. Smithsonian Herpetological Information Service (85): 1-35.


Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy

  • Kluge, A.G. 1963. The systematic status of certain Australian and New Guinean gekkonid lizards. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 14: 77-86
  • Cogger, H.G. 1983. in Cogger, H.G., Cameron, E.E. & Cogger, H.M. Amphibia and Reptiles. In Walton, D.W. (ed.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 1. Netley, South Australia : Griffin Press Ltd. vi 313 pp. [89]


Generic Combinations

  • Gehyra variegata (Duméril & Bibron, 1836).
  • Dactyloperus variegatus (Duméril & Bibron, 1836). —
    Fitzinger, L.J. 1843. Systema Reptilium. Vienna : Braümüller u. Seidel vi 106 pp.




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA: Avon Wheatbelt (AW), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Burt Plain (BRT), Carnarvon (CAR), Channel Country (CHC), Coolgardie (COO), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Central Ranges (CR), Desert Uplands (DEU), Davenport Murchison Ranges (DMR), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Finke (FIN), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Gascoyne (GAS), Gawler (GAW), Gibson Desert (GD), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), MacDonnell Ranges (MAC), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Murchison (MUR), Nandewar (NAN), New England Tablelands (NET), Nullarbor (NUL), Pilbara (PIL), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Stony Plains (STP), Tanami (TAN), Yalgoo (YAL)

Ecological Descriptors

Arboreal, low open shrubland, low open woodland, low shrubland, low woodland, nocturnal, open forest, open heath, open scrub, oviparous, saxicoline, tall forest, tall shrubland, tallopen shrubland, under bark.


General References

Bustard, H.R. 1965. The systematic status of the Australian geckos Gehyra variegata (Duméril and Bibron, 1836) and Gehyra australis Gray, 1845. Herpetologica 20: 259-272

Bustard, H.R. 1967. Activity cycle and thermoregulation in the Australian gecko Gehyra variegata. Copeia 1967: 753-758

Bustard, H.R. 1968. The ecology of the Australian gecko Gehyra variegata, in northern New South Wales. Journal of Zoology, London 154: 113-138

Bustard, H.R. 1969. Population ecology of the gekkonid lizard (Gehyra variegata (Duméril and Bibron)) in exploited forests in northern New South Wales. Journal of Animal Ecology 38: 35-51

Hutchinson, M.N., Sistrom, J.S., Donnellan, S.C. & Hutchinson, R.G. 2014. Taxonomic revision of the Australian arid zone lizards Gehyra variegata and G. montium (Squamata, Gekkonidae) with description of three new species. Zootaxa 3814(2): 221–241 [222–229, figs 1, 2A, 3, 4A, 5, 6]

King, M. 1979. Karyotypic evolution in Gehyra (Gekkonidae: Reptilia) I. The Gehyra variegata-punctata complex. Australian Journal of Zoology 27: 373-393

Mitchell, F.J. 1965. Australian geckos assigned to the genus Gehyra Gray. (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 46: 287-319

Pianka, E.R. & Pianka, H.D. 1976. Comparative ecology of twelve species of nocturnal lizards (Gekkonidae) in the Western Australian desert. Copeia 1976: 125-142

Sistrom, M.J., Hutchinson, M.N., Hutchinson, R.G. & Donnelan, S.C. 2009. Molecular phylogeny of Australian Gehyra (Squamata: Gekkonidae) and taxonomic revision of Gehyra variegata in south-eastern Australia. Zootaxa 2277: 14-32

Warburg, M.R. 1966. Water economy of several Australian geckos, agamids, and water skinks. Copeia 1966: 230-235


Common Name References

CAVS 2006. Census of Australian Vertebrate Species. Australian Biological Resources Study. (Tree Dtella)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
12-Jun-2014 Gehyra Gray, 1834 12-Jun-2014 MODIFIED ABRS
30-Mar-2012 25-Jul-2013 MODIFIED
28-May-2014 16-Dec-2011 MOVED
28-May-2014 07-Dec-2011 MODIFIED
08-Mar-2011 08-Mar-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)