Diplodactylus klugei Kluge’s Gecko
Peron Peninsula, Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Western Australia, AustraliaNovember 14, 2005
Kluge’s Gecko (Diplodactylus klugei)
The mammals crushed the reptiles in our nightly count this night; we saw twelve rabbits and four kangaroos, but only five reptiles, all of them geckos. The only good news was that the five geckos comprised four different species: Strophurus spinigerus, Diplodactylus ornatus, Heteronotia binoei, and this one, which turned out to be the only individual of this species that we saw on our trip.

I had originally identified this gecko as Diplodactylus pulcher, until I saw photos of a similar gecko from Shark Bay posted by David Fischer. David had identified the gecko he saw as D. klugei partly due to the snout, which is pointier in D. klugei and rounder in D. pulcher. I realized the one I had seen had a pointier snout also, and Scott Eipper confirmed my suspicions that I had was also seen D. klugei.

Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Western Australia.

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