Gulbaru Leaf-Tailed Gecko Trivia

Gulbaru Leaf-Tailed Gecko

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In what class is the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko?
Reptilia
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is categorized in the Reptilia class and is considered a reptile.
Maxillopoda
Amphibia
Diplopoda

What is the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s scientific name?
Phyllurus gulbaru
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s scientific name is Phyllurus gulbaru.
Orraya occultus
Saltuarius cornutu
Saltuarius wyberba

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s common name derives from what language?
Aboriginal
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko was named after an Aboriginal name. The epithet is to be treated as a noun in apposition.
Latin
Swahili
Afrikaans

To what continent are Gulbaru leaf-tailed geckos endemic?
Australia
This gecko is endemic to Australia, 37 kilometers northwest of Townsville. Individuals have been collected at Palm Tree Creek (19°20′S, 146°28′E) and on an unnamed tributary of Black River (19°17′S, 146°29′E).
South America
Asia
Africa

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko can regenerate its tail.
True
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko has the ability to regenerate its tail.
False

What is the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s reproduction?
Oviporous
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is oviparous and produces young by means of eggs that are hatched after they have been laid by the parent.
Viviparous

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is completely forest dependent.
True
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko appears to be completely forest and rainforest dependent.
False

How much of the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s habitat is protected?
Some
Part of the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s habitat is now protected within Paluma Range National Park, an extension in part motivated by the conservation requirements of this gecko.
All
None
Most

There is extensive population information available for the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko.
False
There is no population information available for the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko.
True

What is the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s evaluation on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species?
Endangered
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko has been listed as Endangered because its estimated extent of occurrence is approximately 12 km², its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat as a result of burning and grazing.
Critically Endangered
Extinct in the Wild
Vulnerable

What habitats do Gulbaru leaf-tailed geckos inhabit?
Forest
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko inhabits subtropical/tropical forests and wetlands.
Wetlands
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko inhabits subtropical/tropical forests and wetlands.
Shrubland
Grassland

What is recommended for Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko conservation?
Protected Areas
The establishment and expansion of protected areas is recommended to reduce the rate of habitat loss occurring within the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s range. Effective fire management is also recommended, especially in the south of the range. Development of strategies to mitigate the risk from collection, including keeping the specific identity of localities secret, is another recommendation.
Fire Management
The establishment and expansion of protected areas is recommended to reduce the rate of habitat loss occurring within the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s range. Effective fire management is also recommended, especially in the south of the range. Development of strategies to mitigate the risk from collection, including keeping the specific identity of localities secret, is another recommendation.
Keeping Localities Secret
The establishment and expansion of protected areas is recommended to reduce the rate of habitat loss occurring within the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s range. Effective fire management is also recommended, especially in the south of the range. Development of strategies to mitigate the risk from collection, including keeping the specific identity of localities secret, is another recommendation.
Building Dams

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is desirable and targeted by collectors.
True
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is desirable and might well be targeted by collectors.
False

The skin of the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s head is co-ossified with the skull.
True
The skin of the head is co-ossified with the skull.
False

What is the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s population trend?
Unknown
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s population trend is unknown.
Increasing
Decreasing
Stable

What is the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s primary defense mechanism?
Camouflage
Gulbaru leaf-tailed geckos are notable for their highly effective camouflage which is in part aided by the spiny tubercles that cover every body part.
Spines
Venomous Bite
Poisonous Toxins

What is the only major threat to the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko?
Collection for the Pet Trade
Collection for the pet trade represents the only major threat to the remaining Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko localities.
Burning
Grazing
Invasive Species

How is the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s elliptical ear opening situated on its head?
Vertically
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s ear opening is elliptical and vertical and is much less than half as large as the eye.
Horizontally
Diagonally
Upside-Down

How long are Gulbaru leaf-tailed geckos?
89 mm. / 3.5 in.
Gulbaru leaf-tailed geckos are small in body length at 89 millimeters long.
38 mm. / 1.5 in.
63.5 mm. / 2.5 in.
114 mm. / 4.5 in.-Down

What separates the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko from other leaf-tailed geckos?
Partially Divided Rostral Scale
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is separated from other Phyllurus species by having a partially divided, as opposed to fully divided, rostral scale. The rostral scale is partly divided by a midline groove. The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is also the most northerly member of the genus Phyllurus and does not have a very flattened, leaf-shaped tail.
Cylindrical Tail
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is separated from other Phyllurus species by having a partially divided, as opposed to fully divided, rostral scale. The rostral scale is partly divided by a midline groove. The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is also the most northerly member of the genus Phyllurus and does not have a very flattened, leaf-shaped tail.
Northern Location
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is separated from other Phyllurus species by having a partially divided, as opposed to fully divided, rostral scale. The rostral scale is partly divided by a midline groove. The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is also the most northerly member of the genus Phyllurus and does not have a very flattened, leaf-shaped tail.
Reproduction

What is the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s diet?
Carnivorous
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is a carnivorous animal.
Omnivorous
Herbivorous
Unknown

What threatens the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko?
Pet Trade
The rainforest-dependent Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is threatened by unmanaged burning and grazing that is severely fragmenting and destroying the remaining forest. It is also threatened by collection for the pet trade.
Burning
The rainforest-dependent Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is threatened by unmanaged burning and grazing that is severely fragmenting and destroying the remaining forest. It is also threatened by collection for the pet trade.
Grazing
The rainforest-dependent Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is threatened by unmanaged burning and grazing that is severely fragmenting and destroying the remaining forest. It is also threatened by collection for the pet trade.
Invasive Species

What is the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s rhythm?
Nocturnal
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko appears to be nocturnal. On surveys, all individuals have been found at night, activity beginning soon after dark. Leaf-tailed geckos tend to be nocturnal hunters, most actively searching the forest for food under the cover of night.
Diurnal
Crepuscular
Cathemeral

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s population is severely fragmented.
True
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s population is considered severely fragmented.
False

What is the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko considered?
Terrestrial
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is terrestrial.
Arboreal
Aquatic
Fossorial

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is the most northerly member of the genus Phyllurus.
True
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is the most northerly member of the genus Phyllurus.
False

How many Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko subspecies are recognized?
0
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko has no recognized subspecies.
2
5
20

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko mates until what season?
Fall
They are inferred to mate at least until autumn.
Spring
Summer
Winter

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s digits are banded.
True
The digits are strongly banded. The inner anterior digit has only slightly reduced pigment.
False

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is more closely related to geographically distant congeners than close ones.
True
An analysis of 729 bp of mitochondrial 12S rRNA and cytochrome b genes reveals the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko to be a deeply divergent lineage with closer affinities to mid-east Queensland congeners than the geographically neighboring Mount Elliot leaf-tailed gecko (Phyllurus amnicola) on Mount Elliot.
False

How many Gulbaru subpopulations have been identified?
6
Extensive surveys in the southern Paluma Range of northeast Queensland has now identified six subpopulations, which are isolated from one another, all in the south Paluma Range west of Townsville. Most of the six localities are distant from one another and exhibit a degree of genetic divergence from one another.
2
4
8

What originated Gulbaru from the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s common name?
Location
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko was named after the Paluma Range, “Gulbaru”. The epithet is to be treated as a noun in apposition.
Western Discoverer
Diet
Physiology

What percentage of Gulbaru leaf-tailed geckos typically have regenerated tails?
75%
Of 12 individuals, six male, five female, and one juvenile, encountered over two nights by a surveying team in 2003, 75% had regenerated tails. This is a similar proportion to that seen in the Mount Elliot leaf-tailed gecko (Phyllurus amnicola).
25%
50%
95%

How many eggs does a Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko lay?
2
Four gravid females encountered on December 3, 2001 each contained two shelled eggs. One female was collected and laid two oval-shaped eggs in captivity two weeks later.
200
20
2,000

What type of subtropical/tropical forest habitats do Gulbaru leaf-tailed geckos inhabit?
Moist Lowland
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko inhabits subtropical/tropical moist lowland forests.
Dry
Swamp
Moist Montane

What is a group of Gulbaru leaf-tailed geckos called?
Lounge
A group of Gulbaru leaf-tailed geckos is called a lounge.
Hedge
Forge
Scrounge

What type of wetlands habitats do Gulbaru leaf-tailed geckos inhabit?
Seasonal Rivers, etc.
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko inhabits seasonal/intermittent/irregular wetlands, such as rivers, streams, and creeks.
Permanent Rivers, etc.
Shrub-Dominated
Bogs, etc.

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is currently found in trade.
False
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is not currently found in trade.
True

Gulbaru leaf-tailed geckos have ___ spinose body tubercles than the ringed thin-tail gecko.
Smaller
There are small tubercles on the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s body with larger tubercles on the base and sides of the tail. The very small spinose body tubercles of the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko are in marked contrast to the large spinose body scales of the ringed thin-tail gecko Phyllurus caudiannulatus.
Larger

How many scales are along the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s rostral shield?
6-7
There are 6-7 scales along the dorsal margin of the rostral shield.
4-5
8-9
2-3

What is the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s primary diet?
Insects
The bulk of this lizard’s diet is primarily comprised of insects. They also hunt a number of other invertebrates along with the odd small rodents or reptile should it get the chance.
Leaves
Lizards
Rodents

Which locality of Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko exhibits the lowest density and highest genetic divergence?
Southern
The southernmost locality, which exhibits the lowest density and highest genetic divergence, is also likely to be at risk from fire.
Northern
Western
Eastern

What is the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko’s social system?
Solitary
The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko is solitary.
Social

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko inhabits which section of the continent?
Northeast
This gecko is endemic to Patterson Gorge in the extreme southern Paluma Range of northeast Queensland, Australia, 37 kilometers northwest of Townsville. Individuals have been collected at Palm Tree Creek (19°20′S, 146°28′E) and on an unnamed tributary of Black River (19°17′S, 146°29′E).
Southeast
Northwest
Southwest

Female Gulbaru leaf-tailed geckos store sperm through the winter.
True
Females store sperm through the winter.
False

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko has how many cream bands on the tail?
8
The original tail is dorsally grey, marked with irregular dark blotches showing some alignment along the mid-line. There are eight cream bands on the tail, but the second and fourth are poorly defined. Only the four bands on the attenuated portion extend to the ventral surface. The distal knob is white, ventrally cream, and peppered with brown specks. The regenerated tail lacks the cream bands, is dorsally grey, and mottled with irregular dark blotches. The ventral surface is similar, but with reduced pigmentation. There is a pair of large, dark and white blotches immediately anterior to the tail base.
2
10
4

The Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko has a tail similar to which geckos?
Ringed Thin-Tail Gecko
The possession of a cylindrical, non-depressed, tapering original and regenerated tail separates the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko from all congeners except the ringed thin-tail gecko Phyllurus caudiannulatus and the Oakview leaf-tailed gecko Phyllurus kabikabi.
Oakview Leaf-Tailed Gecko
The possession of a cylindrical, non-depressed, tapering original and regenerated tail separates the Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko from all congeners except the ringed thin-tail gecko Phyllurus caudiannulatus and the Oakview leaf-tailed gecko Phyllurus kabikabi.
Long Necked Northern Leaf-Tailed Gecko
Leaf-Tailed Gecko

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