New species: velvet gecko discovered on one of Australia’s northern islands

Scientists from Queensland Museum, Griffith University, University of Melbourne and the Northern Territory Government have described a colourful new velvet gecko from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory.

This species only occurs on Groote, Australia’s third largest offshore island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Groote Eylandt Velvet Gecko, Oedura nesos, is a large and colourful species with white bands and yellow spots that lives in rock crevices. Perhaps even more striking than the adults, are the babies which are black with bright white bands.

Lead researcher Dr Paul Oliver says “this species was formerly confused with another similar gecko we described in 2016, called Oedura bella, but we had some clues that it might not be the same”.

Oedura bella adult and baby. Image by Stuart_Nielsen.
Oedura bella. Image by Jordan Mulder.
Oedura nesos adult. Image by Chris Jolly.
Oedura nesos baby. Image by Chris Jolly.

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We thank the traditional owners of Groote and Anindilyakwa land council for their support for this work.

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