Tobago least gecko

Tobago least gecko

Tobago least gecko

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Sphaerodactylus molei

The Tobago least gecko (Sphaerodactylus molei ) is a species of lizard in the family Sphaerodactylidae. The species is endemic to the Caribbean and northern South America.

Animal name origin

The specific name, molei is in honor of British naturalist Richard Richardson Mole (1860–1926) of Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Appearance

Adults of S. molei have a snout-to-vent length (SVL) of about 25 mm (0.98 in).

Distribution

Geography

S. molei is found in the Antilles, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela including Margarita Island.

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The preferred habitat of S. molei is forest at altitudes of 0–500 m (0–1,640 ft).

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Mating Habits

S. molei is oviparous. The adult female usually lays one egg, rarely two, in a rotten stump. Average egg size is 7 mm (0.28 in) by 5.0–5.5 mm (0.20–0.22 in).

References

1. Tobago least gecko Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobago_least_gecko
2. Tobago least gecko on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/66080240/66080245

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