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Lepidodactylus lugubris

Basic information
Scientific name Lepidodactylus lugubris

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Common names mourning gecko
Higher taxon Gekkonidae, Sauria (Lacertilia), Squamata, Reptilia
Natural range Japan, East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central America, South America.
Habitat Forest, urban area.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Range in Japan
Origin Unknown.
Date 1970s, unknown.
Route Accidental introduction (with building material, with garden tree).
Impact Predation, competition against native species.
Affected organism: Reptiles/amphibians, insects.
Regulation in Japan No action for prevention, mitigation, control, or eradication.
Introduced range in other countries East Asia, Central America, South America, South Pacific island/ocean, Indian Ocean.
Reference Notes
  • Maenosono & Toda (2007) Distribution of amphibians and terrestrial reptiles in the Ryukyu Archipelago: A review of published records. Akamata. 18, 28-46 (in Jpn)
  • Ota et al. (2004) Feral population of amphibians and reptiles in the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan. Global Environmental Research. 8(2):133-143
  • Ota et al. (2004) Additional information on the introduced reptiles of Haterumajima Island of the Yaeyama Group, Ryukyu Archipelago, with comments on the past records of reptiles from this island. Bull Herpetolo Soc Jpn. 2004(2), 128-137 (in Jpn)
  • Sengoku et al. (eds) (1996) The Encyclopedia of Animals in Japan 5 Amphibians, Reptiles, Chondrichthyes. Heibonsha, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Yamashiro et al. (2000) Clonal composition of the parthenogenetic gecko, Lepidodactylus lugbris, at the northern extrimity of its range. Zoological Science 17:1013-1020.