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Morphological and genetic evidence for a new karst specialist lizard from new Guinea (Cyrtodactylus: Gekkonidae)

Nielsen, Stuart; Oliver, Paul


Exposed limestone karst landscapes, especially in the tropics, are often home to distinctive and specialized biotas. Among vertebrates, a particularly large number of karst-associated lizard taxa have been described, but for the vast majority, evidence of specific adaptions to karst is lacking. A number of studies, however, have provided evidence of consistent morphological trends in lizards that use complex, three-dimensional, saxicoline habitats such as those that typify karst areas. Here we...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Royal Society Open Science
DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170781
Access Rights: Open Access


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