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Asian house gecko
Hemidactylus - Gray, 1825

Pronunciation: hem-ee-DAK-till-uss
Etymology: 'half-toe'.

Taxonomic notes:

Notes: Many species worldwide, but only one species in Australia.

There is debate over the time of this gecko's arrival in Australia, but most of the evidence suggests it arrived after European settlement. At the very least, modern transportation and freight movement have allowed this gecko to colonise a large part of the country.
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 3 out of 3 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: Asian house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) at 4.8 cm
 Longest Australian species: flat-tailed house gecko (Hemidactylus platyurus) at 6 cm
Number of Australian species: 3

Asian house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)
Brisbane, Queensland
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