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Species of Thailand

Brooke's house gecko

Thai: จิ้งจกบ้านหลังปุ่ม

Binomial name: Hemidactylus brookii, John Edward Gray, 1845

Hemidactylus brookii, commonly known as Brooke's house gecko, is a widespread species of gecko.


The specific name, brookii, is in honor of British adventurer James Brooke.


Snout somewhat longer than the distance between the eye and the ear-opening, nearly twice the diameter of the orbit; forehead concave; ear-opening small, oval, vertical, about one third the diameter of the eye; on the occiput very small round tubercles. Rostral quadrangular, with a median cleft; nostril bordered by the rostral, the first upper labial and three nasals, the upper not in contact with its fellow. Eight to ten upper and seven to nine lower labials; mental large, triangular; two or three pair of chin-shields, median forming - a suture. Scales of the throat granular. Body covered with small granules, intermixed with large keeled trihedral tubercles, arranged in 16-20 longitudinal series, the keels of the outer ones indistinct; the diameter of the largest tubercles on the flanks exceeds the diameter of the ear-opening. Ventral scales larger

than those on the throat, cycloid, imbricate. Male with 7-20 femoral pores on each side. Tail depressed, annulate, with rows of 8 or 6 spine-like tubercles, below with a series of transversely dilated plates. Limbs granular, the upper part of the hind limb with large keeled tubercles; digits free, dilated, the free distal joint long, 3-6 lamellae under the inner, 6-8 under the median toes.

Yellowish-brown above with irregular dark spots; one or two dark lines on the side of the head, passing through the eye; lips with dark bars. Lower parts white ; all the scales finely dotted with dark brown. Young specimens have cross lines of white tubercles on the back; those on the tail all white.

Length of head and body 58 mm.; tail 60 mm.

Geographic range

  • brookii
    • Senegal, Togo, Angola, Cape Verde, Tanzania, Gambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Sudan (Dagana + Goree Dondo/Cuanza River Atakpame).
    • India (Himalaya), Bhutan, Thailand (HR 33: 322), Maldives, Malaysian Peninsula, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (= Burma) (Tsagain), Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia (Borneo).
    • Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, Antilles, Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Port-Au-Prince, Trinidad, Colombia
  • angulatus: Sudan, Uganda, south to Tanzania, west to Senegal. Zanzibar, Pemba Island.
    • Type locality: West coast of Africa = Gabon leightoni: Venezuela (Zulia), Colombia
    • Type locality: "Ada Foah (Guinea)" [= Ghana guineensis PETERS 1868

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Scientific classification

Hemidactylus brookii

Common names

  • German:
    • Brooks Halbfingergecko
    • Hausgecko
  • English:
    • Brook's house gecko
    • Spotted house gecko
  • Thai: จิ้งจกบ้านหลังปุ่ม


  • Hemidactylus cf. brookii, Stephen Mahony et al. (2009)
  • Hemidactylus mahendrai, Herbert Rösler (2000)
  • Hemidactylus brookii, Ernest A. Liner (1994)
  • Hemidactylus brooki, Albert Schwartz & Robert W. Henderson (1991)
  • Hemidactylus mahendrai, Shukla (1983)
  • Hemidactylus trokii, O. Elter (1981)
  • Hemidactylus angulatus, Thys Van Der Audenaerde (1967)
  • Hemidactylus neotropicalis, Benjamin Shreve (1936)
  • Hemidactylus brookii, Karl Patterson Schmidt (1919)
  • Hemidactylus brookii, Nelly de Rooij (1915)
  • Hemidactylus luzonensis, Edward Harrison Taylor (1915)
  • Hemidactylus brooki var. togoensis, Franz Werner (1902)
  • Hemidactylus togoensis, Franz Werner (1897)
  • Hemidacylus sic murrayi, Gleadow (1887)
  • Hemidactylus stellatus, George Albert Boulenger (1885)
  • Hemidactylus brookii, George Albert Boulenger (1885)
  • Hemidactylus guineensis, George Albert Boulenger (1885)
  • Hemidactylus guineensis, José Vicente Barbosa du Bocage (1873)
  • Hemidactylus affinis, Franz Steindachner (1870)
  • Hemidactylus guineensis, Wilhelm Karl Hartwich Peters (1868)
  • Gecko tytleri, Robert Christopher Tytler (1865)
  • Hemidactylus brookii, John Edward Gray (1845)
Distribution map of Brooke's house gecko, Hemidactylus brookii in Thailand
  • Mueang Ranong District, Ranong

Range map of Hemidactylus brookii in Thailand

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