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Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko), the largest species of Gekkonidae
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Superfamily: Gekkonoidea
Family: Gekkonidae
Gray, 1825

Gekkonidae (the common geckos) is the largest family of geckos, containing over 950 described species in 64 genera. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] Members of the Gekkonidae comprise many of the most widespread gecko species, including house geckos ( Hemidactylus ), tokay geckos ( Gekko ), day geckos ( Phelsuma ), mourning geckos ( Lepidodactylus ) and dtellas ( Gehyra ). Gekkonid geckos occur globally and are particularly species-rich in tropical areas.


Hemidactylus geckos are one of the most species-rich and widely distributed of all reptile genera. [7]


They evolved probably in the Lower Cretaceous and some 100 million years ago they were already well adapted for a scansorial lifestyle. [8] [9] [10] Some members of the Gekkonidae family have evolved adhesive toe pads that allow them to adhere to and climb vertical surfaces. [11] [12]


Many genera of the Gekkonidae family are capable of widespread geographical habitation. However, such species prefer arid regions of warmer temperature and higher precipitation. [13] [14] [15]


Gekkonidae contains the following genera:


Pyron, et al. (2013) [16] presents the following classification of Gekkonidae genera, based on molecular phylogenetics.


Lepidodactylus , Pseudogekko , Luperosaurus , Gekko , Dixonius , Heteronotia , Nactus , Hemiphyllodactylus , Gehyra

Alsophylax , Tropiocolotes , Cnemaspis , Mediodactylus , Pseudoceramodactylus , Tropiocolotes , Stenodactylus , Bunopus , Crossobamon , Agamura , Cyrtopodion , Cyrtodactylus , Hemidactylus

Perochirus , Urocotyledon , Ebenavia , Paroedura , Ailuronyx , Calodactylodes , Ptenopus , Narudasia , Cnemaspis , Uroplatus , Paragehyra , Christinus , Afrogecko , Cryptactites , Matoatoa , Afroedura , Geckolepis , Homopholis , Blaesodactylus , Goggia , Rhoptropus , Elasmodactylus , Chondrodactylus , Colopus , Pachydactylus , Cnemaspis , Rhoptropella , Lygodactylus , Phelsuma

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