Family : GEKKONIDAE
Species : Cyrtodactylus pulchellus
Size (snout to vent) : 11 cm
Size (total length) : 15 cm
This attractive gecko
mainly inhabits moist rainforest up to around 2000 metres elevation. Shown
here are two examples from coastal, karst limestone habitat with dry forest
at Krabi, southern Thailand. By night the geckos were observed to descend
close to a rocky shoreline to feed on invertebrates.
The species is identified by the bold patterning which comprises a series of
thick, dark brown or reddish brown bands on a light brown background. The
base of the tail is also banded but these fade away towards the tip.
As with other Cyrtodactylus species, the pupils are vertical and the
fingers and toes lack pads.
The Banded Slender-toed Gecko is restricted to southern Thailand and
Peninsular Malaysia. It is unclear whether the species ever occurred
in Singapore, but is now never seen.
Fig 1 : Juvenile with original banded tail.
Fig 2 : Adult with regrown tail, active on coastal cliffs near the
high tide mark at Krabi, Thailand.
Fig 3 : Coastal, karst limestone habitat at Krabi, Thailand.
References : H1, H3