Added May 20 2000. Last updated 1 February 2013: updated information and Bibliography.

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Subfamily GEKKONINAE - "True" Geckos


Genus EULEPTES - Leaf-Toed Geckos

This species, one of the few European geckos, was formerly considered a member of Phyllodactylus but was reassigned to the genus Euleptes in 1997 by Bauer et all as part of their work on Old World Phyllodactylus. The change appears to have been accepted, but older literature will still refer to this species as Phyllodactylus europaeus.

Bauer et al give the distinguishing characteristics of Euleptes as follows:

Scientific Name

Common Name





E. europaeus

European Leaf-Toed Gecko

Tyrrh. islands, Corsica, Sardinia, Tunisian islands, NW Italian coast


Unusual feet possess lamellae in the form of a forked pad only at the tip, with a sharp claw protruding in the middle. Click here for a page on Euleptes [Phyllodactylus] europaeus.


The information above was culled from a number of sources, including Mattison:

Lizards of the World, Mattison

Keeping and Breeding Lizards, Mattison

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

Coming soon.... the other gecko genera.

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