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Amaral's Brazilian gecko

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Amaral's Brazilian gecko
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Hemidactylus
H. brasilianus
Binomial name
Hemidactylus brasilianus
(Amaral, 1935)[2]

Briba brasiliana

Amaral's Brazilian gecko (Hemidactylus brasilianus) is a species of nocturnal geckos from the arid Jalapão Region, Minas Gerais/Bahia (Brazil).[3] It is a bluish-gray, oviparous tree-dwelling species, feeding on herbivorous insects and other invertebrates. It has immovable, or fixed eyelids. Being nocturnal, it has vertically oriented pupils. They have a life span of about 6–13 years and are sexually mature at 6–9 months old. They are about 13 cm long and 2 cm wide. They cannot change their colour. When attacked by a bird, they run in circles, confusing the enemy. When attacked by a ground animal, they climb a high tree, run in tall grass, or try to hide under leaves, rocks, and other things they can find. [citation needed] They are one of the smartest geckos on the earth, and are not endangered. [citation needed]


  1. ^ "Hemidactylus brasiliana | IUCN RedList". iucnredlist.org.
  2. ^ http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species.php?genus=Hemidactylus&species=brasilianus (Downloaded Feb. 17, 2010.)
  3. ^ http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species.php?genus=Hemidactylus&species=brasilianus (Downloaded Feb. 17, 2010.)

Further reading

  • Amaral, A. do 1935. Um novo genero e duas novas especies de Geckonideos e uma nova raça de Amphisbaenideo, procedentes do Brasil Central. Mem. Inst. Butantan 9: 253-256.
  • Carranza, S. and E.N. Arnold 2006. Systematics, biogeography, and evolution of Hemidactylus geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) elucidated using mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 38 (2): 531-545
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Vitt, L. J.; Caldwell, J. P.; Colli, G. R.; Garda, A. A.; Mesquita, D. O.; França, F. G. R. e Balbino, S. F. 2002. Um guia fotográfico dos répteis e anfíbios da região do Jalapão no Cerrado brasileiro. Norman, Oklahoma: Special Publications in Herpetology. San Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History