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Gulbaru leaf-tailed gecko

Australia

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Phyllurus gulbaru

Endangered

  • Relentless forest burning
  • Overgrazing
  • Invasive grass growth
  • Limited food source
  • Climate change

This species is part of the genus Phyllurus or Australian leaf-tailed geckos. These geckos are notable for their highly effective cThe Gulbaru Leaf-Tailed Gecko, which can only be found within the 23 square kilometre region of the Patterson Gorge’s rocky rainforest in Australia’s Paluma Range, has only been given its official name two years after it was first discovered in 2001.

It belongs to the ancient family of Australian leaf-tailed geckos, admired for its tubercle-covered bodies which give them excellent camouflaging abilities – compensating for their slow-moving nature and helping them hide from predators.

The female Gulbaru Leaf-Tailed Gecko only lays two eggs at a time and can grow up to 18 cm in length during adulthood.

Wildfires that occur during dry seasons reduce or degrade the natural habitat of Gulbaru Leaf-Tailed Gecko. Combined with invasive grass growth on the cleared areas and competition from agricultural animals feeding within the rainforest, all of these lead to limited food source for this rainforest-dependent species. As the effects of climate change continue to increase the frequency of intense fires, the Gulbaru Leaf-Tailed Gecko is highly susceptible to continued population decline.