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Common leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
(unranked): Gekkomorpha
Family: Eublepharidae
Boulenger, 1883

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The Eublepharidae are a family of geckos (Gekkota) consisting of 43 described species in six genera. They occur in Asia, Africa and North America.[1][2][3][4] Eublepharid geckos lack adhesive toepads and, unlike other geckos, have movable eyelids, thus commonly called eyelid geckos. Leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) and African fat-tailed geckos (Hemitheconyx caudicinctus) are popular pet lizards.


The following genera are considered members of the Eublepharidae:

Genus Image Type species Taxon author Common name Species
Aeluroscalabotes Aeluroscalabotes felinus2.jpg
A. felinus
A. felinus (Günther, 1864) Boulenger, 1885 Cat gecko 1
Coleonyx Coleonyx variegatus by Marshal Hedin.jpg
C. variegatus
C. elegans Gray, 1845 Gray, 1845 Banded geckos 8
Eublepharis Eublepharis macularius1.jpg
E. macularius
E. hardwickii Gray, 1827 Gray, 1827 Leopard geckos 6
Goniurosaurus GoniurosaurusAT.JPG
G. kuroiwae
G. hainanensis Barbour, 1908 Barbour, 1908 Ground and cave geckos 24
Hemitheconyx Hemitheconyx caudicinctus.jpg
H. caudicinctus
H. caudicinctus (Duméril, 1851) Stejneger, 1893 Fat-tailed geckos 2
Holodactylus 11-05-06 weibchen holodactylus tisch.jpg
H. africanus
H. africanus Boettger, 1893 Boettger, 1893 Clawed geckos 2


  1. ^ Grismer, L.L. 1988. Phylogeny, taxonomy, classification, and biogeography of eublepharid geckos. In: Phylogenetic Relationships of the Lizard Families (R. Estes & G. Pregill, eds), pp. 369– 469. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA.
  2. ^ Gamble, Tony; Greenbaum, Eli; Jackman, Todd R.; Russell, Anthony P.; Bauer, Aaron M. (June 27, 2012). "Repeated Origin and Loss of Adhesive Toepads in Geckos". PLOS ONE. 7 (6): e39429. Bibcode:2012PLoSO...739429G. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039429. PMC 3384654. PMID 22761794.
  3. ^ Gamble, T.; Bauer, A.M.; Colli, G.R.; Greenbaum, E.; Jackman, T.R.; Vitt, L.J.; Simons, A.M. (February 2011). "Coming to America: Multiple Origins of New World Geckos". Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 24 (2): 231–244. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.02184.x. PMC 3075428. PMID 21126276.
  4. ^ Gamble, T.; Greenbaum, E.; Jackman, T.R.; Bauer, A.M. (August 2015). "Into the light: Diurnality has evolved multiple times in geckos". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 115 (4): 896–910. doi:10.1111/bij.12536.