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
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Infraorder: Gekkota
Family: Sphaerodactylidae
Genus: Sphaerodactylus
Species: S. sputator
Binomial name
Sphaerodactylus sputator
(Sparrman, 1784)

The island least gecko (Sphaerodactylus sputator) is a species of gecko endemic to the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.

Geographic range[edit]

S. sputator can be found on Anguilla (and some of its satellites), Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts, Nevis, and Sint Eustatius.


Populations of S. sputator on Anguilla have a pale pink dorsal surface, with between five and eight pale crossbands on the back. The throat is pale yellow, and the 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. The tail is pale yellow to orange, and the iris is bronze-colored.


  1. ^ "Sphaerodactylus sputator ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1885). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume I. Geckonidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 436 pp. + Plates I-XXXII. (Sphærodactylus sputator, pp. 219-220).
  • Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S. (1999). Reptiles & Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean. Oxford, England: Macmillan Education Ltd. 144 pp. ISBN 0-333-69141-5. (pp. 53, 55–56, 58, 60, 65, 66).
  • Schwartz A, Thomas R (1975). A Check-list of West Indian Amphibians and Reptiles. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication No. 1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 216 pp. (Sphaerodactylus sputator, p. 162).
  • Sparrman A (1784). "Lacerta sputator und Lacerta bimaculata, zwey neue Eideren aus Amerika ". Königlich-Schwedischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Neue Abhandlungen aus der Naturlehre Haushaltungkunst und Mechanik 3 (1): 166-169 + Plate IV. (Lacerta sputator, new species, p. 169 + Plate IV, figures 1-3). (in German and Latin).

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