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Asian house gecko
Hemidactylus - Gray, 1825

Pronunciation: hem-ee-DAK-till-uss
Etymology: 'half-toe'.

Taxonomic notes:

Notes: Many species worldwide, but only one species in Australia.

There is debate over the time of this gecko's arrival in Australia, but most of the evidence suggests it arrived after European settlement. At the very least, modern transportation and freight movement have allowed this gecko to colonise a large part of the country.
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 3 out of 3 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: Asian house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) at 4.8 cm
 Longest Australian species: flat-tailed house gecko (Hemidactylus platyurus) at 6 cm
Number of Australian species: 3

Asian house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)
Brisbane, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Asian house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) distribution range map Hemidactylus frenatus
Asian house gecko
Year described
Schlegel 1836
All 5 digits are clawed. Original tails are spiky.

Sri Lankan house gecko (Hemidactylus parvimaculatus)
Sri Lanka
Photo © Ruchira Somaweera
Sri Lankan house gecko (Hemidactylus parvimaculatus) distribution range map Hemidactylus parvimaculatus
Sri Lankan house gecko
Year described
Deraniyagala 1953

flat-tailed house gecko (Hemidactylus platyurus)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
flat-tailed house gecko (Hemidactylus platyurus) distribution range map Hemidactylus platyurus
Flat-tailed house gecko
Year described
(Schneider 1792)

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