Island Least Gecko

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Island Least Gecko
Sphaerodactylus pictus 01-Barbour 1921.jpg
1921 illustration of S. sputator specimen from St. Kitts
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Subfamily: Gekkoninae
Genus: Sphaerodactylus
Species: S. sputator
Spaarman, 1784
Binomial name
Sphaerodactylus sputator
Boulenger, 1885
Synonyms
  • Lacerta sputator - Sparrman, 1784
  • Sphaeriodactylus sputator — Duméril & Bibron, 1836
  • Sphaerodactylus pictus - Garman, 1887

The Island Least Gecko (Sphaerodactylus sputator) is a gecko endemic to the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, where it can be found on Anguilla (and some of its satellites), Saint Martin, and Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts, Nevis, and Sint Eustatius.

Populations on Anguilla have a pale pink dorsal surface, with between five and eight pale crossbands on its back. Its throat is pale yellow, and its ventral surface is light cream colored. It has a gold iris, with a yellow canthal line.

On Saint Martin, it has a tan dorsal color, with a pearl-colored ventral surface. Its tail is pale yellow to orange, and its iris is bronze-colored.


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