Lepidodactylus listeri

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Lepidodactylus listeri
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L. listeri, figure 1.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Lepidodactylus
L. listeri
Binomial name
Lepidodactylus listeri
  • Gecko listeri
    Boulenger, 1889
  • Lepidodactylus listeri
    Kluge, 1968

Lepidodactylus listeri, also known commonly as Lister's gecko or the Christmas Island chained gecko, is a species of gecko, a lizard in the family Gekkonidae.

Geographic range[edit]

L. listeri is endemic to Christmas Island.[3]


Both the specific name, listeri, and one of the common names, Lister's gecko, are in honour of British naturalist Joseph Jackson Lister.[4]


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. It has a whitish belly. The body is covered with small, smooth scales.[5]


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.[6][7]


  1. ^ Cogger H, Mitchell NM, Woinarski J (2017). "Lepidodactylus listeri ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 4 August 2018.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Species Lepidodactylus listeri at The Reptile Database . www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ 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, Fourth Series 41 (8): 253-265.
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Lepidodactylus listeri, p. 159).
  5. ^ Cogger HG (2000). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, Sixth Edition. Sydney, Australia: New Holland Books. 808 pp. ISBN 978-1876334338.
  6. ^ Cogger HG, Sadlier RA (2000). The terrestrial reptiles of Christmas Island - a reappraisal of their status. Sydney: Australian Museum.
  7. ^ Cogger HG, Cameron EE, Sadlier RA, Eggler P (1993). The Action Plan for Australian Reptiles

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).