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Cape Melville leaf-tailed gecko

Cape Melville leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius eximius)
Cape Melville, Queensland
Photo © Conrad Hoskin
Saltuarius eximius - Hoskin & Couper, 2013
Pronunciation  SALT-you-ARE-ee-uss   ex-IM-ee-uss
Etymology  Saltuarius: "From the Latin - 'keeper of the forest'."1
eximius: "Eximius; from the Latin meaning exceptional, extraordinary, exquisite. In recognition of the particularly fine form and distinctiveness of this species. The species epithet is treated as a noun in apposition."2
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 11.2 cm
Species max: 11.8 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


"Known only from the vicinity of the type locality in the uplands of the Melville Range, Cape Melville, north-east Australia"2.

Found in the following Australian states/territories



All specimens have been found on "granite boulders covered by a rainforest canopy", "found at night on vertical surfaces of boulders or trees, between one and five meters above the ground."2

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