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Maritime Gecko
   
   

Fig 1


Fig 2

 

Family : GEKKONIDAE
Species : Lepidodactylus lugubris
Size (snout to vent) : 5 cm
Size (total length) : 10.5 cm

As its name implies, this is mainly a coastal gecko inhabiting mangroves, back-beach and rocky shorelines. Its colour can vary from yellowish to grey-brown or pinkish-grey.

Most of its young are born by parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction), and the eggs are laid either in the soil, or adhered to the foliage of mangrove species, coconut trees, Pandanus and Banana.

The species is well distributed throughout much of Southeast Asia, including Burma, West Malaysia, Singapore, the Indonesian islands of Borneo, Lombok, Sulawesi, Halmahera and Ambon, the Philippines and New Guinea.


Fig 1 : Photographed at Botanic Gardens, Singapore.

Fig 2 : Specimen from Pasir Ris mangrove, Singapore.


References : H3