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Thecadactylus rapicauda (Turniptail Gecko)


Wikipedia Abstract

The turnip-tailed gecko (Thecadactylus rapicauda) is a species of gecko widely distributed from Mexico southward through Central America and into South America as far south as Brazil, and on many islands in the Lesser Antilles. It was long thought to be the only member of its genus, until T. solimoensis was described in 2007.
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Adult Weight [1]  29 grams


Protected Areas


Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Caribbean Islands Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks And Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands - British, Virgin Islands - U.S. No
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama No
Tropical Andes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela No
Tumbes-Choco-Magdalena Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru No

Prey / Diet

Atta sexdens (leaf cutter ant)[2]
Blaberus giganteus (giant cockroach)[2]
Eleutherodactylus johnstonei (Johnstone's whistling frog)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Elanoides forficatus (Swallow-tailed Kite)1
Myrmecophaga tridactyla (Giant Anteater)1


Chrotopterus auritus (big-eared woolly bat)[4]
Eciton burchellii (army ant)[2]
Ramphastos toco (Toco Toucan)[2]


Parasitized by 
Pharyngodon ozkutzcabiensis <Unverified Name>[5]
Spauligodon oxkutzcabiensis <Unverified Name>[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Zoological Society of Ireland-Dublin


Mexico (Yucatan, Campeche), Belize, Guatemala, Honduras (incl. Islas de la Bahia and Utila), Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama Trinidad, Antilles, Leeward Islands (Los Testi, Bonaire, Curacao), Aruba, Colombia, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Isl;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Length–weight allometries in lizards, S. Meiri, Journal of Zoology 281 (2010) 218–226
2Animals of the Rainforest
3Anurans as prey: an exploratory analysis and size relationships between predators and their prey, L. F. Toledo, R. S. Ribeiro & C. F. B. Haddad, Journal of Zoology 271 (2007) 170–177
4Chrotopterus auritus, Rodrigo A. Medellín, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 343, pp. 1-5 (1989)
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License