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Gekko japonicus

Basic information
Scientific name Gekko japonicus

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Common names Japanese gecko
Higher taxon Gekkonidae, Sauria (Lacertilia), Squamata, Reptilia
Natural range Southern Korean Peninsula, eastern continental China, and Japan (Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and peripheral islets). Eastern (or possibly entire) Japan populations might be non-native.
Habitat City area. In western Kyushu, this species occur rocky habitat along beach.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Coastal parts of Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and peripheral islets. Range in Japan
Date Unknown.
Route Accidental: Hitchhiking on some transport.
Impact Unknown. If the populations in the western Japan are non-native, hybridization with the native species Gekko tawaensis can be regarded as an impact from the invasive species.
Affected organism: Gekko tawaensis(~)
Regulation in Japan No action for prevention, mitigation, control, or eradication.
Introduced range in other countries
Reference Notes
  • Osaka Mus Nat Hist (ed) (1989) Amphibians and Reptiles in Japan. Osaka Mus Nat Hist, Osaka (in Jpn)
  • Sengoku et al. (eds) (1996) The Encyclopedia of Animals in Japan 5 Amphibians, Reptiles, Chondrichthyes. Heibonsha, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Toda et al. (2006) Extensive natural hybridization between two geckos, Gekko tawaensis and Gekko japonicus (Reptilia: Squamata), throughout their broad sympatric area. Biochem Genet. 44, 1-17.