Lepidodactylus listeri

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Lepidodactylus listeri
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L. listeri, figures 2, 2a, 2b.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Lepidodactylus
Species: L. listeri
Binomial name
Lepidodactylus listeri
  • Gecko listeri Boulenger, 1889
  • Lepidodactylus listeri
    Kluge, 1968[1]

Lepidodactylus listeri, commonly known as Lister's gecko or the Christmas Island gecko, is a species of gecko endemic to Christmas Island.[2] It is named after naturalist Joseph Jackson Lister.[3]


Lister's gecko is a brown lizard growing to a snout-vent length (SVL) of 5 cm (2.0 in). It has a broad, pale fawn/grey vertebral stripe which expands to cover the top of the head and matches the colour and pattern of the tail, and a whitish belly and body covered with small, smooth scales.[4]


L. listeri is most abundant in primary rainforest on the plateau, but also occurs in disturbed secondary forest growth. It is absent from mined areas on the island.[5][6]


  1. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ Brown WC, Parker F. (1977). Lizards of the genus Lepidodactylus (Gekkonidae) from the Indo-Australian Archipelago and the islands of the Pacific, with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Californian Academy of Sciences (4) 41 (8): 253-265.
  3. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Lepidodactylus listeri, p. 159).
  4. ^ Cogger HG. (2000). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. 6th edition. Sydney, Australia: New Holland Books. 808 pp. ISBN 978-1876334338.
  5. ^ Cogger HG, Sadlier RA. (2000). The terrestrial reptiles of Christmas Island - a reappraisal of their status. Sydney: Australian Museum.
  6. ^ Cogger HG, Cameron EE, Sadlier RA, Eggler P. (1993). The Action Plan for Australian Reptiles.[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA. (1889). On the Reptiles of Christmas Island. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1888: 534-536. (Gecko listeri, new species, p. 535).