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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
Female Weight [2]  29 grams
Egg Length [2]  0.709 inches (18 mm)
Egg Width [2]  0.63 inches (16 mm)
Litter Size [2]  1
Maximum Longevity [2]  1 year
Reproductive Mode [3]  Oviparous
Snout to Vent Length [2]  4.331 inches (11 cm)
Habitat Substrate [3]  Arboreal, Terrestrial


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)[4]
Eleutherodactylus johnstonei (Johnstone's whistling frog)[5]

Prey / Diet Overlap

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


Chrotopterus auritus (big-eared woolly bat)[6]
Eciton burchellii (army ant)[4]
Ramphastos toco (Toco Toucan)[4]


Parasitized by 
Pharyngodon ozkutzcabiensis[7]

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Length–weight allometries in lizards, S. Meiri, Journal of Zoology 281 (2010) 218–226
2Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
3Meiri, Shai (2019), Data from: Traits of lizards of the world: variation around a successful evolutionary design, Dryad, Dataset,
4Animals of the Rainforest
5Anurans 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
6Chrotopterus auritus, Rodrigo A. Medellín, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 343, pp. 1-5 (1989)
7Gibson, 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 Wildfinder Database
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0