Lepidodactylus lugubris

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Lepidodactylus lugubris
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Lepidodactylus
L. lugubris
Binomial name
Lepidodactylus lugubris
(Duméril & Bibron, 1836)
  • Platydactylus lugubris
  • Platydactylus crepuscularis
  • Amydosaurus lugubris
  • Peropus neglectus
  • Hemidactylus meijeri
  • Dactyloperus pomareae
  • Peripia cantoris
  • Peripia lugubris
  • Peripia meyeri
  • Peripia mysorensis
  • Peripia ornata
  • Peropus roseus
  • Peropus variegatus ogasawarasimae
  • Gecko harrieti
  • Gecko lugubris
  • Gymnodactylus caudeloti
  • Lepidodactylus crepuscularis
  • Lepidodactylus roseus
  • Lepidodactylus candeloti
  • Lepidodactylus ceylonensis
  • Lepidodactylus divergens
  • Lepidodactylus mysorensis
  • Gehyra variegata ogasawarasimae
  • Gehyra ogasawarisimae
  • Gehyra iogasawarasinae

Lepidodactylus lugubris, also known as the mourning gecko or common smooth-scaled gecko, is a species of gecko. This small (10.5 cm total length), nocturnal gecko feeds on small insects and flower nectar. This species is notable because it is parthenogenic, and there are no remaining males that have been found. Females engage in pseudocopulation, stimulating both to produce viable eggs. These eggs are adhered to surfaces in protected locations. Most clutches consist of two eggs, and clutches are laid two to three weeks apart.


This species are always found in coastal areas of the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, including the Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, West Malaysia, Hawaii, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, Fiji, Australia (islands of Cocos [Keeling] atoll, Queensland), Western Samoa, Guam, the Society Islands, Pitcairn Islands, and the Mascarenes (Rodrigues; fide F. Glaw, pers. comm.).

It has been introduced into west Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, the Galapagos (Ecuador), Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and the Seychelles.


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  • Cuellar, Orlando (1984). "Histocompatibility in Hawaiian and Polynesian populations of the parthenogenetic gecko Lepidodactylus lugubris". Evolution. 38 (1): 176–185. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.1984.tb00270.x.
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  • Henderson, R. W., VILLA, J., & DIXON, J. R. 1976 Lepidodactylus lugubris (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). A recent addition to the herpetofauna of Nicaragua. Herpetol. Rev. 7:173.
  • Jarecki, L. & Lazell, J.D. 1987 Zur Grösse und Dichte einer Population von Lepidodactylus lugubris (Duméril & Bibron 1836) in Aiea, Hawaii (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Salamandra 23 (2/3): 176-178
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  • Rösler, Herbert 1992 Beobachtungen an drei Männchen des parthenogenetischen Geckos Lepidodactylus lugubris (Duméril & Bibron 1836). Sauria 14 (3): 25-26
  • Sengoku, Showichi 1998 Geographic Distribution. Lepidodactylus lugubris Herpetological Review 29 (2): 110
  • Turner, Grant;Green, Darren 1996 Notes on the mourning gecko Lepidodactylus lugubris in the Daintree region Herpetofauna (Sydney) 26 (1): 5-7
  • Villa, Jaime D. 1993 Lepidodactylus lugubris (mourning gecko). Nicaragua: Zelaya Herpetological Review 24 (3): 109
  • Yamashiro, Saiko;Ota, Hidetoshi 1998 Discovery of a male phenotype of the Parthenogenetic gecko, Lepidodactylus lugubris, on Ishigakijima Island of the Yaeyama Group, Ryūkyū Archipelago Japanese Journal of Herpetology 17 (4): 152-155
  • Guerreiro, Manuel.;Graterol, Gabriel.; 2012 PRIMER REGISTRO DE LEPIDODACTYLUS LUGUBRIS DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1836 (REPTILIA: GEKKONIDAE) PARA VENEZUELA herpetotropicos; 6(12):15-16.

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