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Tarentola mauritanica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Phyllodactylidae
Genus: Tarentola
Gray, 1825[1]

Tarentola is a genus of geckos, commonly known as wall geckos.

Classification of genus Tarentola[edit]

Tarentola sp., probably T. boettgeri.
Tarentola sp., probably T. boettgeri.
Tarentola mauritanica.

The following species and subspecies are recognized as being valid.[2]

Nota bene: A binomial authority or a trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species or subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Tarentola.


  1. ^ "Tarentola ". ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System). www.itis.gov.
  2. ^ Genus Tarentola at The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ a b c 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. (Tarentola boettgeri, p. 29; T. crombei, p. 62; T. darwini p. 65).

Further reading[edit]

  • Gray JE (1825). "A Synopsis of the Genera of Reptiles and Amphibia, with a Description of some new Species". Annals of Philosophy, London, Series 2, 10: 193-217. (Tarentola, new genus, p. 199).
  • Joger U (1984). "Die Radiation der Gattung Tarentola in Makaronesien ". Courier Forschunginstitut Senckenberg 71: 91-111. (in German).
  • Schleich HH (1984). "Die Geckos der Gattung Tarentola der Kapverden (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae)". Courier Forschunginstitut Senckenberg 68: 95-106. (in German).