Yellow-headed gecko

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Yellow-headed gecko
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Sphaerodactylidae
Genus: Gonatodes
Species:
G. albogularis
Binomial name
Gonatodes albogularis
(Duméril and Bibron, 1836)[2]
Synonyms

Gymnodactylus albogularis Duméril and Bibron, 1836

The yellow-headed gecko or white-throated gecko (Gonatodes albogularis) is a species of gecko found in warm parts of Central and South America, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and as an introduced species, in Florida.[2]

Subspecies[edit]

There are four subspecies:[2]

  • Gonatodes albogularis albogularis
  • Gonatodes albogularis bodinii
  • Gonatodes albogularis fuscus
  • Gonatodes albogularis notatus

Description[edit]

The yellow-headed gecko can grow up to between 69–90 mm (2.7–3.5 in).[3] Male yellow-headed geckos have yellowish heads and blue-blue bodies unlike the female yellow-headed geckos which have white-gray heads and bodies.[4] The species are also identified by their round pupils and digits without extending lamellae.[3][5]

Ecology[edit]

Yellow-headed geckos feed on insects.[3] They are mainly diurnal.[2] A study in Panama found that they may lay eggs on a seasonal basis, laying more eggs during the rainy season.[6] The species seems to prefer Tropical dry forest, forest edge and anthropogenic habitats.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Chaves, G., Köhler, G., Lamar, W., Porras, L.W., Sunyer, J., Rivas, G., Gutiérrez-Cárdenas, P. & Caicedo, J.R. 2017. Gonatodes albogularis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T197487A2489345. https://doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T197487A2489345.en. Downloaded on 15 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Gonatodes albogularis at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 10 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Yellow-headed Gecko". World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
  4. ^ Gonatodes albogularis wildherps
  5. ^ Krysko, K. L.; Daniels, K. J. (2005). "A key to the geckos (Sauria: Gekkonidae) of Florida" (PDF). Caribbean Journal of Science. 41 (1): 28–36.
  6. ^ Sexton, OJ; Turner, O (1971). "The reproductive cycle of a Neotropical lizard". Ecology. 52 (1): 159–164. doi:10.2307/1934748. JSTOR 1934748.

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