Golden eyed gecko discovered in wild and gruesome locale

Main report: A new species of gecko has been discovered and it has golden eyes
(Australian Geographic)
Other Reporting: Carnivoraforum
Scientific Paper: Zootaxa    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Strophurus trux
Common Name: Golden-eyed gecko
Categories: New Species | Reptiles
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The golden-eyed gecko was known from a single specimen just sitting in the Queensland Museum, but had never been found in the wild.  The new gecko species is found in central Queensland and is thought to be endemic to the Brigalow Belt region.

The species name  trux ” is Latin for wild, savage, harsh and pitiless, including instruments of human savagery, and also of the scene of such cruelty. This name was Chosen in reference to the only location known for Strophurus trux sp. nov. It is in the proximity of the “Marlborough stretch”, a section of the old Bruce Highway in Central Queensland with notoriety as a wild and dangerous place in the 1960s and 1970s because of a series of murders and shootings and its general remotenes.

The new species, Golden-eyed gecko. Photo: Eric Vanderduy

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