Last updated 23 February 2010: added Orraya to genus listing.

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Subfamily DIPLODACTYLINAE - Diplodactyline Geckos


Subfamily DIPLODACTYLINAE - the "Pacific" Geckos

The diplodactyline geckos are found in the range of Australian, New Zealand and New Caledonia. The family includes the world's largest geckos. Most of the diplodactylids lay a pair of soft-shelled eggs that lack calcite, while the rest are ovo-viviparous.

Please note that this section of the gecko pages is under revision and will be added to shortly.

Genus Common Name No. of species Distribution Notes
Bavayia New Caledonian Geckos  12 New Caledonia  
Carphodactylus Chameleon Geckos 1 Australia   
Crenodactylus Knob-Tailed Gecko 1 Australia  
Diplodactylus   39 Australia  
Eurydactylodes   3 New Caledonia  
Heteronotia   3 Australia  
Hoplodactylus   10 New Zealand  
Lucasium Beaded Geckos 1 Australia  
Naultinus   8 New Zealand  
Nephurus Knob-Tailed Geckos 9 Australia  
Oedura Velvet Geckos 13 Australia  
Orraya Long-Necked Northern Leaf-Tailed Gecko 1 Australia  
Phyllurus Leaf-Tailed Geckos 8 Australia  
Pseudothecadactylus   3 Australia  
Rhacodactylus   6 New Caledonia  
Rhynchoedura Beaked Geckos  1 Australia  
Saltuarius Leaf-Tailed Geckos 5 Australia  
Underwoodisaurus Thick-Tailed Geckos 2 Australia  

Members of the old genus Heteropholis have now been reassigned to Naultinus.


Lizards of the World, Mattison

Breeding and Keeping Geckos, Coborn, TFH 1995 - a particularly valuable book for lesser known geckos, especially the Diplodactylines, although some of the taxonomic data now seems to be outdated.

Keeping and Breeding Lizards, Mattison

Geckos: Keeping and Breeding Them in Captivity, Walls and Walls, TFH 1999.

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