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Border Thick-tailed Gecko - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Uvidicolus sphyrurus
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 10 Jun 2016
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


The Border Thick-tailed Gecko is a small lizard up to 10 cm long (average 7 cm). It is fawn to brown above with faint darker brown flecks and many small white spots arranged in rows across the head, back and sides and on the legs. The gecko looks 'knobbly' due to numerous conical tubercles, especially on the tail. The tail is fat and rectangular with a thin tapering tip, and typically has four pale rings. The species has recently been re-assigned to the genus Uvidicolous .


Found only on the tablelands and slopes of northern NSW and southern Queensland, reaching south to Tamworth and west to Moree. Most common in the granite country of the New England Tablelands. Occurs at sites ranging from 500 to 1100 m elevation. Populations are mostly fragmented, with over 50 discrete sites currently known that are separated by at least 2 km.

Habitat and ecology

  • As implied by another of its common names (Granite Thick-tailed Gecko), this species often occurs on steep rocky or scree slopes, especially granite. Recent records from basalt and metasediment slopes and flats indicate its habitat selection is broader than formerly thought and may have extended into areas that were cleared for agriculture.
  • Favours forest and woodland areas with boulders, rock slabs, fallen timber and deep leaf litter. Occupied sites often have a dense tree canopy that helps create a sparse understorey.
  • These Geckos are active at night and shelter by day under rock slabs, in or under logs, and under the bark of standing trees.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthLiverpool Plains Predicted None
Brigalow Belt SouthNorthern Basalts Known None
NandewarInverell Basalts Known None
NandewarKaputar Known None
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Known None
NandewarPeel Known None
New England TablelandsBinghi Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsBundarra Downs Predicted None
New England TablelandsEastern Nandewars Known None
New England TablelandsSevern River Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsTenterfield Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsTingha Plateau Known None
Other StateQLD Known None