Sphaerodactylus argus

Sphaerodactylus argus

Sphaerodactylus argus, Ocellated gecko, Ocellated sphaero, Stippled sphaero

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Sphaerodactylus argus

Sphaerodactylus argus, also known commonly as the ocellated gecko, the ocellated sphaero, and the stippled sphaero, is a species of lizard in the family Sphaerodactylidae. The species is indigenous to the Caribbean. There are two recognized subspecies

Animal name origin

The specific name, argus, refers to Argus, the many-eyed giant in Greek mythology, an allusion to the ocelli (eye spots) of this species.

Distribution

Geography

S. argus is native only to Jamaica. It is also found in Cuba and on adjacent islets, in the Bahamas, and in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. S. argus can be found in the Florida Keys, where it has well-established populations, though it was not native there.

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The preferred natural habitat of S. argus is forest, at altitudes from sea level to 100 m (330 ft). A climbing species, it can also be seen on walls and in buildings.

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Diet and Nutrition

S. argus feeds on insects and other small invertebrates.

Mating Habits

S. argus is oviparous.

References

1. Sphaerodactylus argus Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphaerodactylus_argus
2. Sphaerodactylus argus on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/198439/2526550

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