Gecko no. II found at Minindie [sic] in Paine's hotel, Nov. 1. 60
Ludwig Becker, artist
Nov. 1, 1860.
drawing : watercolour, pen and ink on cream paper ; 17.5 x 12.5 cm.
Accession No: H16486
State Library of Victoria
The tesselated gecko Diplodactylus tessellates is common through inland Australia. This one was caught by Becker in the hut - Paine's Hotel where the expedition stayed overnight in Menindee.
Gecko No II, found at Minindie in Paine’s hotel, Nov. 1 60.
Color: greyish-brown on back x sides with some markings of a more pure brown; here & there a few white spots; under side white with a few brown spots; tail: brown all round with black spots on the upper part. Eyes greenish yellow with black veins. – Fig. 1 natural size.
Fig. 2. vent, nat: size. Fig #,4,5, head seen from below in front and in profil, nat. size. Fig. 6,7,8, finger-ends with claws, 6 from below, 7 from above and 8 the profil of one of them.; these three figures are magnified. The tongue is flesh-colored, flat and on the top split as shown in Fig9, somewhat magnified. Teeth very minute. Scales small. Each finger, as well as the thumb, has a claw; the soles near these claws are of a red color. The specimen cast its skin to-day.
Darling depôt, Nov. 8.60