Nephrurus

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Nephrurus
Nephrurus amyae.jpg
Nephrurus amyae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia/Sauria
Infraorder: Gekkota
Family: Carphodactylidae
Subfamily: Diplodactylinae
Genus: Nephrurus
Günther, 1876
Species

Nine described species, see article.

Nephrurus is a genus of nine species of gecko, commonly known as knob-tailed geckos.

They are easily distinguished by their short bodies, large heads, small legs, and short, carrot-shaped tails that often end in a small knob.

Exemplars of Nephrurus amyae

Species[edit]

Th following nine species are recognized as being valid.[1]


The former Nephrurus milii Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1823, is now Underwoodisaurus milii (Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1823) – barking gecko.

In popular culture[edit]

In the first episode of the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Clark Kent applies for a job at the Daily Planet newspaper, producing an article on knob-tailed geckos as proof of his writing skills.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nephrurus ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ JCVI.org

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA. 1885. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume I. Geckonidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 436 pp. + Plates I-XXXII. (Genus Nephrurus, p. 9).
  • Günther A. 1876. Descriptions of new species of Reptiles from Australia. Journal des Museum Godeffroy 5 (12): 45-47. (Nephrurus, new genus, p. 46).