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Species of Thailand

Spotted house gecko

Hemidactylus parvimaculatus, Paulus Edward Pieris Deraniyagala, 1953

Hemidactylus parvimaculatus, also known as the spotted house gecko or the Sri Lankan house gecko, is a species of gecko from South Asia and Indian Ocean.

Description

Hemidactylus parvimaculatus can grow to 13 cm in length. The body has many tubercles and the tail has rings of small spines. Coloration is light grey to tan; there are dark blotches that form three rows along the back. The belly is pinkish-cream.

Distribution

This gecko is found in Sri Lanka, southern India, Reunion, Mauritius and Rodrigues, Moheli (Comoro Islands), Maldives, and Mascarene Islands. There are also introduced populations in Bangkok, Thailand, and in the southern United States.

Ecology

In Sri Lanka, Hemidactylus parvimaculatus has been recorded to prey upon Ramanella variegata frogs and insects. It can also be cannibalistic.

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Site notes

This species is not endemic to Thailand, the current population in Bangkok is introduced and appears to be thriving. (according Jonathan Hakim)

Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Gekkonidae
Genus
Hemidactylus
Species
Hemidactylus parvimaculatus

Synonyms

  • Hemidactylus parvimaculatus, – Bauer et al. (2010)
  • Hemidactylus brookii parvimaculatus, Deraniyagala (1953)

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Hemidactylus parvimaculatus

Range Map

Distribution map of Spotted house gecko, Hemidactylus parvimaculatus in Thailand
  • Bangkok Province
  • Phra Khanong District, Bangkok
Range map of Hemidactylus parvimaculatus in Thailand