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Mourning gecko

Lepidodactylus lugubris, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron, 1836

Lepidodactylus lugubris, known as the mourning gecko or common smooth-scaled gecko, is a species of lizard, a gecko of the family Gekkonidae.


Lepidodactylus lugubris measure 8.5-10 cm in length including tail (4-4.4 cm snout-to-vent). L. lugubris is cryptically coloured, typically light to dark tan with dark spots down the length of its back and a brown strip from the ear to the tip of the nose. This species is capable of changing color, and so the same individual may appear light or dark at different times during the day.

Behavior and Ecology

L. lugubris is primarily nocturnal, but is occasionally encountered exposed but near cover during the day.

This species is nearly all female, and reproduces via parthenogenesis. While males occasionally occur, they are very rare and often sterile. Females lay 1-2 eggs at a time, and glue them to surfaces in protected locations. Clutches are laid every 4-6 weeks.


This species is widespread in coastal regions of the Indian and Pacific oceans, including the Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Hawai'i, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Australia (Cocos Island), Western Samoa, Guam, the Society Islands, Pitcairn, and the Mascarene Islands.

It has been introduced widely in the Neotropics, including in Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador (including the Galapagos), Colombia and Chile, as well as to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.


L. lugubris are omnivorous. In the wild, they eat a varied diet of insects, fruit, and pollen.


L. lugubris are occasionally kept as pets due to their simple care requirements and social nature. Because they are parthenogenic, these geckos reproduce well in captivity and thus most individuals kept as pets are captive-bred.

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Scientific classification

Lepidodactylus lugubris

Common names

  • Chinese: 哀鳞趾虎 
  • German: Gewöhnlicher Schuppenfingergecko
  • English:
    • Mourning gecko
    • Common smooth-scaled gecko
  • Spanish:
    • Geco enlutado
    • Tuqueque
    • Salamanquesa


  • Lepidodactylus lugubris, Larry Lee Grismer & Evan Quah (2019)
  • Lepidodactylus cf. lugubris, Susan G. Brown et al. (2013)
  • Lepidodactylus cf. lugubris, Susan G. Brown et al. (2012)
  • Lepidodactylus lugubris, Larry Lee Grismer (2011)
  • Gehyra iogasawarasinae sic, Kugn & Schmidt (2003)
  • Lepidodactylus lugubris, Harold Cogger (2000)
  • Lepidodactylus lugubris, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Lepidodactylus mysorensis, Richard Walter Wells & Cliff Ross Wellington (1985)
  • Lepidodactylus roseus, Heinz Wermuth (?) (1965)
  • Gehyra ogasawarasimae, Heinz Wermuth (1965)


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Lepidodactylus lugubris

Range Map

Distribution map of Mourning gecko, Lepidodactylus lugubris in Thailand
  • Kantang District, Trang
  • Ko Bulon Le
  • Ko Libong
  • Ko Muk
  • Ko Phayam
  • Thalang District, Phuket
Range map of Lepidodactylus lugubris in Thailand