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The cat gecko

In Thai: ตุ๊กแกป่าหัวโต

Binomial name: Aeluroscalabotes felinus, Albert Charles Lewis Günther, 1864

The cat gecko, Aeluroscalabotes felinus, is a species of gecko found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and Thailand. It is the only species within the genus Aeluroscalabotes, and the only genus found within the taxonomic Subfamily Aeluroscalabotinae. It is commonly called the cat gecko because of its habit of curling up with its tail around itself when it sleeps, similar to a cat.

Description

The cat gecko is a lightly built gecko, typically red-brown in color with white spots on its body, and solid white under its chin, and sometimes to the belly. Some specimens have brown blotching along the back. It is considered to be one of the more primitive geckos, and is physically quite similar in body structure to the few fossils of early geckos which have been discovered. They can grow to approximately 18 cm (7 inches), with males typically being smaller than females. Unlike most arboreal geckos it does not have toe pads (setae) which allow it to climb sheer surfaces. It instead relies on small retractile claws, and a prehensile tail

Behavior

semi-arboreal and preferring cool, humid, montane rainforest habitats, the cat gecko is primarily nocturnal and insectivorous, consuming a wide variety of small insects.

Taxonomy

The species has been redescribed by several different taxonomists, leading to some early confusion in its classification, but its distinctly different morphological characteristics have clarified its status.

There are two recognized subspecies of Aeluroscalabotes felinus:

  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus felinus (Günther, 1864)
  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus multituberculatus (Kopstein, 1927)

In captivity

The Cat gecko is a popular choice for a pet gecko, though they are not very commonly available and captive breeding is known to be difficult. Wild caught specimens often have heavy parasite loads, and they are easily susceptible to stress, so care can be difficult.

Conservation status

Exact population counts of the Cat gecko are unknown, though it is not considered to be common throughout its range. It does not hold any particular conservation status, except in Thailand, where collection and export is prohibited.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Lacertilia
Family
Eublepharidae
Genus
Aeluroscalabotes
Species
Aeluroscalabotes felinus

Common names

  • German: Fuchsgesicht-Lidgecko
  • English: Cat gecko
  • Thai: ตุ๊กแกป่าหัวโต

Subspecies

  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus felinus, Albert Charles Lewis Günther, 1864

  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus multituberculatus, Felix Kopstein, 1927

Synonyms

  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus, Hermann Seufer et al. (2005)
  • Aeluroscalabotes multituberculatus, Djoko Tjahjono Iskandar & Mumpuni (2002)
  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus, Herbert Rösler (1995)
  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus, Edward Harrison Taylor (1963)
  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus multituberculatus, Felix Kopstein (1927)
  • Aeluroscalabotes longicaudatus, Lars Gabriel Andersson (1923)
  • Aeluroscalabotes dorsalis, Nelly de Rooij (1915)
  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus, Nelly de Rooij (1915)
  • Aeluroscalabotes dorsalis, George Albert Boulenger (1887)
  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus, George Albert Boulenger (1887)
  • Aeluroscalabotes felinus, George Albert Boulenger (1885)
  • Aelurosaurus dorsalis, George Albert Boulenger (1885)
  • Aelurosaurus felinus, George Albert Boulenger (1885)
  • Pentadactylus dorsalis, Wilhelm Karl Hartwich Peters (1871)
  • Pentadactylus borneensis, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1864)
  • Pentadactylus felinus, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1864)

Range Map

Distribution map of The cat gecko, Aeluroscalabotes felinus in Thailand
  • Bang Lang National Park
Range map of Aeluroscalabotes felinus in Thailand