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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Carphodactylidae
Genus: Orraya
Couper, Covacevich,
C. Schneider & C. Hoskin, 2000
O. occultus
Binomial name
Orraya occultus
(Couper, Covacevich & Moritz, 1993)
  • Saltuarius occultus
    Couper, Covacevich & Moritz, 1993
  • Orraya occultus
    — Couper, Covacevich, C. Schneider & C. Hoskin, 2000

Orraya is a monotypic genus of lizard in the family Carphodactylidae. The genus contains the sole species Orraya occultus, also known commonly as the McIlwraith leaf-tailed gecko or the long-necked northern leaf-tailed gecko. The species is endemic to Australia.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

O. occultus is restricted to higher elevations in the McIlwraith Range in northeastern Queensland.[3]


The preferred natural habitat of O. occultus is forest, at altitudes of 500–825 m (1,640–2,707 ft).[1]


O. occultus may attain a snout-to-vent length (SVL) of almost 11 cm (4.3 in). It is moderately spinose, and has a very long, thin neck.[2]


O. occultus is oviparous.[2]


  1. ^ a b Hoskin, C.; Couper, P.; Amey, A. (2018). "Orraya occultus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T178382A83325202. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T178382A83325202.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Species Orraya occultus at The Reptile Database www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ "Orraya occultus". The Queensland Museum. Retrieved 2017-11-11.

Further reading[edit]

  • Cogger HG (2014). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition. Clayton, Victoria, Australia: CSIRO Publishing. xxx + 1,033 pp. ISBN 978-0643100350.
  • Couper PJ, Covacevich JA, Moritz C (1993). "A review of the leaf-tailed geckos endemic to eastern Australia: a new genus, four new species, and other new data". Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 34 (1): 95–124. (Saltuarius occultus, new species).
  • Couper PJ, Schneider CJ, Hoskin CJ, Covacevich JA (2000). "Australian leaf-toed geckos: phylogeny, a new genus, two new species and other new data". Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 45 (2): 253–265. ("Orraya Couper, Covacevich, Schneider & Hoskin", new genus; Orraya occultus, new combination).
  • Wilson S, Swan G (2013). A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia, Fourth Edition. Sydney: New Holland Publishers. 522 pp. ISBN 978-1921517280.