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Afrogecko porphyreus MarbledLeaftoedGecko Cape Town 4.jpg
Marbled leaf-toed gecko (Afrogecko porphyreus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Afrogecko
Bauer, Good & Branch, 1997
Type species
Gecko porphyreus
Daudin, 1802

Two to four, see text

Afrogecko is a genus of small leaf-toed geckos, lizards in the family Gekkonidae. The genus is endemic to southern Africa.[1][2] The genus was revised in 2014 by Heinicke et al.


Afrogecko species are moderately sized geckos measuring 45–50 mm (1.8–2.0 in) in snout–vent length. They have a fairly large head and long snout, cylindrical body, and round, tapering tail.[2]


The genus contains the following two species:[3]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Afrogecko.

Following a revision in 2014,[3] Afrogecko ansorgii and Afrogecko porphyreus remain in Afrogecko, whereas Afrogecko plumicaudus becomes the type species of the new monotypic genus Kolekanos, and Afrogecko swartbergensis the type species of the new monotypic genus Ramigekko.[2]


  1. ^ Afrogecko at the Reptile Database. Accessed 20 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Heinicke MP, Daza JD, Greenbaum E, Jackman TR, Bauer AM (2014). "Phylogeny, taxonomy and biogeography of a circum-Indian Ocean clade of leaf-toed geckos (Reptilia: Gekkota), with a description of two new genera". Systematics and Biodiversity. 12: 23–42. doi:10.1080/14772000.2013.877999. (Kolekanos, new genus; Ramigekko, new genus).
  3. ^ a b "Afrogecko Bauer, Good & Branch, 1997". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 20 October 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bauer AM, Good DA, Branch WR (1997). "The taxonomy of the southern African leaf-toed geckos (Squamata: Gekkonidae), with a review of Old World “Phyllodactylus ” and the description of five new genera". Proc. California Acad. Sci. 49: 447-497. (Afrogecko, new genus, pp. 476–478).