Hemidactylus brookii

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Brook's House Gecko
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Hemidactylus
Species: H. brookii
Binomial name
Hemidactylus brookii
Gray, 1845[verification needed][citation needed]

Brook's House Gecko Hemidactylus brookii is a widespread species of gecko.


Snout somewhat longer than the distance between the eye and the ear-opening, nearly twice the diameter of the orbit; forehead concave; ear-opening small, oval, vertical, about one third the diameter of the eye; on the occiput very small round tubercles. Rostral quadrangular, with a median cleft; nostril bordered by the rostral, the first upper labial and three nasals, the upper not in contact with its fellow. Eight to ten upper and seven to nine lower labials; mental large, triangular; two or three pair of chin-shields, median forming - a suture. Scales of the throat granular. Body covered with small granules, intermixed with large keeled trihedral tubercles, arranged in 16-20 longitudinal series, the keels of the outer ones indistinct; the diameter of the largest tubercles on the flanks exceeds the diameter of the ear-opening. Ventral scales larger than those on the throat, cycloid, imbricate. Male with 7-20 femoral pores on each side. Tail depressed, annulate, with rows of 8 or 6 spine-like tubercles, below with a series of transversely dilated plates. Limbs granular, the upper part of the hind limb with large keeled tubercles; digits free, dilated, the free distal joint long, 3-6 lamellae under the inner, 6-8 under the median toes.

Yellowish-brown above with irregular dark spots; one or two dark lines on the side of the head, passing through the eye; lips with dark bars. Lower parts white ; all the scales finely dotted with dark brown. Young specimens have cross lines of white tubercles on the back; those on the tail all white.[1]

Length of head and body 58 mm.; tail 60 mm.

Brook's House Gecko in Madhya Pradesh, India



  1. ^ Rooij, Nelly de. 1915 The reptiles of the Indo-Australian archipelago. Leiden


  • Annandale, N. 1905 Notes on some Oriental geckos in the Indian Museum, Calcutta, with descriptions of new tons. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (7) 15:26-32
  • Bauer,A.M. & Günther,R. 1991 An annotated type catalogue of the geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) in the Zoological Museum, Berlin. Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin 67: 279-310
  • Bauer, A.M., Pauwels, O.S.G., and Sumontha, M. 2002 Hemidactylus brookii brookii. distribution. Herpetological Review 33:322.
  • Gleadow, F. 1887 Description of a new lizard from the Dangs. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 2:49-51
  • Gray, J. E. 1845 Catalogue of the specimens of lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Trustees of die British Museum/Edward Newman, London: xxvii + 289 pp.
  • Mitchell, J. C.;Zug, G. R. 1988 Ecological observations on the gecko Hemidactylus brookii in Nepal Amphibia-Reptilia 9: 405-413
  • Powell, R. and S. A. Maxey. 1990 Hemidactylus brookii. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles No. 493

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