Southern Ring-tailed Gecko

Photo by Kieran Aland

Cyrtodactylus mcdonaldi

(Shea, Couper, Worthington Wilmer & Amey) 

Etymology: named for Keith McDonald, a Principal Senior Technical Officer with the Threatened Species Unit of the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management. Keith is an Honorary Research Associate of the Queensland Museum and alerted Museum scientists to the fragment distribution of Australian Cyrtodactylus populations. Keith provided many of the tissues samples that were used in the genetic analysis that underpins this project.

Distribution: From Shipton’s Flat (via Cooktown) to Chillagoe, north-eastern Queensland.

Notes: Usually associated with rock but also on trees in open woodland in the Bloomfield area. A generalist arthropod feeder but small vertebrates are probably also taken.

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