Ashy gecko

Ashy gecko

Ashy gecko

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Sphaerodactylus elegans

The ashy gecko (Sphaerodactylus elegans ) is a species of gecko native to Cuba (including Isla de la Juventud) and Hispaniola (Haiti, including Gonâve Island and Les Cayemites, and the Dominican Republic). It is a small species, dark in color with many white spots. It is also a good climber. Ashy geckos have been introduced to a few small islands in southernmost Florida, and have established populations there.

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There are two subspecies of S. elegans :

  • Sphaerodactylus elegans elegans Macleay, 1834 — Cuba, introduced to small area of southernmost Florida
  • Sphaerodactylus elegans punctatissimus Duméril and Bibron, 1836 — Hispaniola ( Haiti and Dominican Republic), including some satellite islands

S. elegans elegans is the subspecies native to Cuba including Isla de la Juventud, the archipelagos of Canarreos and Jardines de la Reina, and throughout the length of the Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago.

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S. elegans elegans is small. S. elegans elegans has granular scales. Its snout has a maximum length of 39 millimeters. Its colors range from a red tail to a blue tail, with a green midsection, and always with thin horizontal bands of black across its body. Its limbs are a variously colored and seem almost opaque in comparison to the rest of the body. There are no color differences between male and females in this subspecies. The other subspecies, S. elegans punctatissimus, is more muted and earthy in tone, overall less vibrant, with more of a spotted pattern.


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1. Ashy gecko Wikipedia article -
2. Ashy gecko on The IUCN Red List site -

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