Switak's banded gecko

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Switak's banded gecko
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Eublepharidae
Genus: Coleonyx
Species: C. switaki
Binomial name
Coleonyx switaki
(Murphy, 1974)
  • Anarbylus switaki
    Murphy, 1974
  • Coleonyx swaitaki [sic]
    Stebbins, 1985
    (ex errore)
  • Coleonyx switaki
    Kluge, 1993

Switak's banded gecko (Coleonyx switaki), also commonly known as the barefoot banded gecko, the barefoot gecko, and Switak's barefoot gecko, is a species of geckos, a lizard in the family Eublepharidae.


The specific name, switaki, is in honor of German herpetologist Karl-Heinz Switak (born 1938).[3]

Geographic range[edit]

C. switaki is native to Southern California in the United States and Baja California and Baja California Sur in Mexico.[4] Coleonyx gypsicolus, endemic to Isla San Marcos in Mexico, is sometimes considered a subspecies.


C. switaki reaches a length of 5.1–8.6 centimetres (2.0–3.4 in) from snout to vent. The body of C. switaki is covered in round brown spots. Despite its common name, Switak's banded gecko has a variable color pattern that may not feature bands.[4]


  1. ^ <Hollingsworth, B. & Hammerson, G.A. 2007. Coleonyx switaki. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T64038A12738943. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2007.RLTS.T64038A12738943.en. Downloaded on 11 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Coleonyx switaki ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ 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. (Coleonyx switaki, p. 259).
  4. ^ a b "Coleonyx switaki switaki - Peninsular Banded Gecko". California Reptiles & Amphibians. Retrieved 2009-06-28.

Further reading[edit]

  • Murphy, Robert W. (1974). "A new genus and species of eublepharine gecko (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Baja California, Mexico". Proc. California Acad. Sci., Fourth Series 40: 87-92. (Anarbylus switaki, new species).
  • Stebbins RC (2003). A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, Third Edition. The Peterson Field Guide Series ®. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. 533 pp. ISBN 978-0-395-98272-3. (Coleonyx switaki, pp. 265–266 + Plate 24 + Map 75).