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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Terrestrial Habitats

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The Broad-tailed Gecko is brown or grey with mottled with fine spots. The tail is broad and tapers to a point. I had this species incorrectly identified as a Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko. Thanks to Stewart Macdonald for correcting the identification. source: OZ Animals

Snout to vent length of 9.5 cm. Total length up to 15 cm. Rocky brown in colour, a flat body and tail. source: Wikipedia

Online resources

Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness - Sightings
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Citizen Science
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Encyclopedia of Life
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OZ Animals
Description, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat, Diet, Images, Occurrence record
Description, Habitat, Diet, Images, Occurrence record

Species Lists

Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: A moderately-large gecko; flat body; broad flat tail tapering to a point; brown to grey with a mottled pattern.
Description : A moderately-large gecko with a flat body and a broad flat tail tapering to a point. Brown to grey with a mottled pattern that resembles the habitat where it lives. It has rough, scaly skin. Females tend to be larger than males. Body length up to 9.9 cm.
Biology : Broad-tailed Geckos are nocturnal; they come out at night to feed on insects and spiders. During the day, they shelter in crevices, and under rocks, where sandstone escarpment is present. They still occur in areas of urban Sydney and can be found sheltering under bricks, in sheds, in woodpiles and in garages. If threatened or attacked, a Broad-tailed Geckos can discard its tail so it can escape to safety. It will re-grow another tail similar in shape and size. Females usually lay two eggs in a crevice; after eight to ten weeks the young hatch and have to fend for themselves. It is one of the larger Australian geckos.
Habitat: Coastal sandstone woodland and heath where sandstone escarpment is present, including urban areas.
Maximum size (cm): 9.9
Diet: Insectivore
Colours: Brown, Grey
Distribution: Eastern Australia
Habitat types: Terrestrial
Commercial species: False
Where seen: Foraging on vertical rock surfaces or the walls of houses in urban areas with naturally occurring sandstone outcrops.
When seen: At night.
Author credit: Ross Sadlier / Australian Museum

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Phyllurus platurus


Synonyms Source
Lacerta platura White, 1790 White, 1790 White, 1790
Published in: White, J. 1790. Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales, with sixty five plates of non-descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions. Appendix London : Debrett pp. 299
Stellio phyllurus Schneider, 1797 Schneider, 1797 Schneider, 1797
Published in: Schneider, J.G. 1797. Amphibiorum Physiologiae Specimen Secundeum. Zurichen 2nd edn
Agama discosura Merrem, 1820 Merrem, 1820 Merrem, 1820
Published in: Merrem, B. 1820. Versuch eines Systems Amphibien. Tentamen Systematis Amphibiorum Marburg : Krieger pp. xv 199
Agama platyura Merrem, 1820 Merrem, 1820 Merrem, 1820
Published in: Merrem, B. 1820. Versuch eines Systems Amphibien. Tentamen Systematis Amphibiorum Marburg : Krieger pp. xv 199
Phyllurus novaehollandiae Schinz, 1822 Schinz, 1822 Schinz, 1822
Published in: Schinz, H.R. 1822. Das Thierreich eingetheilt nach dem Bau der Thiere von Cuvier. Stuttgart & Tübingen
Phyllurus cuvieri Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1825 Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1825 Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1825
Published in: Bory de Saint-Vincent, J.B.G.M. 1825. p. 183 in, Dictionnaire Classique d'Histoire Naturelle. Paris : Rey et Gravier Vol. 7
Phyllurus whitii Gray, 1825 Gray, 1825 Gray, 1825
Published in: Gray, J.E. 1825. A synopsis of the genera of reptiles and Amphibia, with a description of some new species. Ann. Philos. Ser. 2 Vol. 10 pp. 193-217
Gecko platycaudus Schinz, 1835 Schinz, 1835 Schinz, 1835
Published in: Schinz, H.R. 1835. Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen der Reptilien. Leipzig pp. iv 240
Phyllurus australis Swainson, 1839 Swainson, 1839 Swainson, 1839
Published in: Swainson, W. 1839. The natural history and classification of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles. In, Lardner, D. The Cabinet of Natural History. Vol. 2 London : Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, and John Taylor 452 pp. 135 figs.
Phyllurus inermis Gray, 1845 Gray, 1845 Gray, 1845
Published in: Gray, J.E. 1845. Catalogue of the Specimens of Lizards in the Collection of the British Museum London : British Museum pp. xxviii 289 pp.

Common Names

Common name Source
Broad-tailed Gecko
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Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko
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Working classification

Phyllurus platurus  Recorded in Australia

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