Indo-Pacific gecko

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Indo-Pacific gecko
Hemidactylus garnotii - Mindanao, Philippines 5.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Hemidactylus
Species: H. garnotii
Binomial name
Hemidactylus garnotii
Duméril and Bibron, 1836

Hemidactylus garnotii, commonly known as the Indo-Pacific gecko, Garnot's house gecko or the fox gecko, is a species of gecko found in India, the Philippines, Southeast Asia, Australia, and throughout Polynesia. Adults are about 4 to 5 inches long, seen as dark gray or brown with light markings in daylight and a pale, translucent colour at night. The belly is orange or yellow. The head has a long, narrow snout, hence the name fox gecko. The flattened tail has a row of spiny scales on the lateral edges. The species is parthenogenic – all individuals are female and lay eggs that hatch without requiring male fertilisation.[1]

In Hawaii, the species is thought to be a long-term resident. Formerly considered a house gecko, it has been displaced to natural habitats by the more recently arrived common house gecko.[1] In Florida and Georgia it has become established as an invasive species of concern.[2][3]


Snout obtusely pointed, longer than the distance between the eye and the ear-opening, 1.5 to 1.6 times the diameter of the orbit; forehead slightly concave; ear-opening small, rounded. Body and limbs moderate. A slight but distinct fold of the skin along the flanks, and another bordering the hind limb posteriorly. Digits free or with a very slight rudiment of web, moderately dilated, inner well developed; infradigital lamella oblique, 6 or 7 under the inner digits, 10 to 12 under the fourth finger, and 11 to 14 under the fourth toe. Upper surfaces and throat covered with minute granular scales, a little larger on the snout; abdominal scales moderate, imbricate. Rostral subquadraugular, with median cleft above; nostril pierced between the rostral and three nasals; 12 or 13 upper and 9 to 11 lower labials; mental large, triangular, in contact posteriorly with a pair of pentagonal chin-shields, followed by a second smaller pair; the anterior pair of chin-shields in contact with the first infralabial, and with each other mesially; the posterior pair separated from each other, and also completely or nearly completely from the labials. Tail depressed, flat beneath, with sharp denticulated lateral edge; the scales on the upper surface very small, equal; those on the lower surface larger, imbricate, with a median series of large, transversely dilated plates. Brownish grey above, uniform or with more or less distinct brown and whitish spots; lower surfaces uniform whitish.[4]

From snout to vent 2.3 inches; tail 2.6.

A parthenogenetic species.[5]


Sikkim, Burma, Malay Peninsula and Archipelago, South Pacific Islands.

NE India (Darjeeling, Assam, Sikkim), Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Myanmar (= Burma), Malaysia, S China (Hong Kong, Guangdong, Hainan, S Yunnan), Taiwan, Philippine Islands, New Zealand (introduced), Indonesia (Sumatra, Nias, Borneo, Java), New Caledonia, Loyalty Islands, Polynesia, Fiji, Western Samoa.

Introduced into Hawaii, Florida, and the Bahamas.[6]

Type locality: "l'Ile de Taiti [=Tahiti, French Polynesia]"


  1. ^ a b "Birds and Plants of Kauai: The Gecko", by Linda Pascatore, 26 June 2008, accessed 6 February 2011
  2. ^ Everglades CISMA Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area website, "Indo-Pacific Gecko" page, accessed 6 February 2011
  3. ^ Georgia Invasive Species Task Force website, "Other Invasive Species of Concern in Georgia", accessed 6 February 2011
  4. ^ Boulenger, G. A. (1890) Fauna of British India. Reptilia and Batrachia.
  5. ^ Kluge, A.G. & Eckardt, "Hemidactylus garnotii Duméril & Bibron, a tripoid, all-female species of gekkonid lizard. Copeia 1969 (4): 651-664
  6. ^ "Indo-Pacific Gecko". geckoweb. Finding species. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 


  • Crawford, Daniel M.; Somma, Louis A., 1993 "Hemidactylus garnotii (Indo-Pacific gecko)". USA: Florida Herpetological Review 24 (3): 108–109
  • Meshaka, Walter E., Jr., "Hemidactylus garnotii". Herpetological Review 26 (2): 108
  • Stoliczka, F., "Notes on new or little-known Indian lizards". Proc. asiat. Soc. Bengal (Calcutta) 1871: 192–195

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