Strophurus michaelseni (Werner, 1910:460)

Robust striped gecko



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Diplodactylus michaelseni Werner, 1910:460 (basionym); Oedurella michaelseni (Werner, 1910:460)


Conservation Status


IUCN RedList status: Least Concern



Western Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology

"Ecology: open heath, terrestrial, nocturnal; oviparous, arthropod-feeder, in clumps of spinifex."

(Cogger et al., 1983:82)



Holotype: ZMB 21430 (Cogger et al., 1983:82)

Type locality: "Denham, Shark Bay, W.A." (Cogger et al., 1983:82)






Original scientific description:

Werner, F. (1910). Reptilia (Geckonidae und Scincidae). In: Michaelsen, W. and Hartmeyer, R. (eds.). Die Fauna Südwest-Australiens. Jena: Gustav Fischer 2: 451-493.


Other references:

Aplin, K. P. and Smith, L. A. (2001). Checklist of the frogs and reptiles of Westem Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement No. 63: 51-74.

Cogger, Harold G. (2000). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Sixth Edition. Sydney: New Holland Publishers.

Cogger, Harold G., Cameron, Elizabeth E. and Cogger, Heather M. (1983). Gekkonidae, pp. 78-100. In: Zoological Catalogue of Australia. I. Amphibia and Reptilia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. vi + 313 pp. [p. 82]

Ellis, R., Cowan, M., How, R. and Horner, P. (2017). Strophurus michaelseni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T178633A83326497. Accessed on 14 July 2023.

Horner, P. (2010). Strophurus michaelseni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T178633A7585125. Downloaded on 28 March 2016.

Kluge, A. G. (1967). Systematics, phylogeny, and zoogeography of the lizard genus Diplodactylus Gray (Gekkonidae). Aust. J. Zool. 15: 1007-1108.

Ninox Wildlife Consulting. (2005). Vertebrate fauna survey Coburn Mineral Sand Project. URS Australia Pty Ltd.

Rosenberg, H. I. and Russell, A. P. (1980). Structural and functional aspects of tail squirting: a unique defense mechanism of Diplodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Can. J. Zool. 58: 865-881.

Storr, G. M. and Ford, J. R. (1967). Rediscovery and taxonomic status of the Western Australian gecko, Diplodactylus michaelseni. Western Australian Naturalist 10(7): 160-162.

Wilson, S. and Swan, G. (2003). A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia. Sydney: New Holland. 


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