Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

CAVS: 2092

Species Gehyra variegata (Duméril & Bibron, 1836)

Tree Dtella


Generic Combinations




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA: Avon Wheatbelt (AW), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Burt Plain (BRT), Carnarvon (CAR), Channel Country (CHC), Coolgardie (COO), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Central Ranges (CR), Desert Uplands (DEU), Davenport Murchison Ranges (DMR), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Finke (FIN), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Gascoyne (GAS), Gawler (GAW), Gibson Desert (GD), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), MacDonnell Ranges (MAC), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Murchison (MUR), Nandewar (NAN), New England Tablelands (NET), Nullarbor (NUL), Pilbara (PIL), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Stony Plains (STP), Tanami (TAN), Yalgoo (YAL)

Ecological Descriptors

Arboreal, low open shrubland, low open woodland, low shrubland, low woodland, nocturnal, open forest, open heath, open scrub, oviparous, saxicoline, tall forest, tall shrubland, tallopen shrubland, under bark.


General References

Bustard, H.R. 1965. The systematic status of the Australian geckos Gehyra variegata (Duméril and Bibron, 1836) and Gehyra australis Gray, 1845. Herpetologica 20: 259-272

Bustard, H.R. 1967. Activity cycle and thermoregulation in the Australian gecko Gehyra variegata. Copeia 1967: 753-758

Bustard, H.R. 1968. The ecology of the Australian gecko Gehyra variegata, in northern New South Wales. Journal of Zoology, London 154: 113-138

Bustard, H.R. 1969. Population ecology of the gekkonid lizard (Gehyra variegata (Duméril and Bibron)) in exploited forests in northern New South Wales. Journal of Animal Ecology 38: 35-51

Hutchinson, M.N., Sistrom, J.S., Donnellan, S.C. & Hutchinson, R.G. 2014. Taxonomic revision of the Australian arid zone lizards Gehyra variegata and G. montium (Squamata, Gekkonidae) with description of three new species. Zootaxa 3814(2): 221–241 [222–229, figs 1, 2A, 3, 4A, 5, 6]

King, M. 1979. Karyotypic evolution in Gehyra (Gekkonidae: Reptilia) I. The Gehyra variegata-punctata complex. Australian Journal of Zoology 27: 373-393

Mitchell, F.J. 1965. Australian geckos assigned to the genus Gehyra Gray. (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 46: 287-319

Pianka, E.R. & Pianka, H.D. 1976. Comparative ecology of twelve species of nocturnal lizards (Gekkonidae) in the Western Australian desert. Copeia 1976: 125-142

Sistrom, M.J., Hutchinson, M.N., Hutchinson, R.G. & Donnelan, S.C. 2009. Molecular phylogeny of Australian Gehyra (Squamata: Gekkonidae) and taxonomic revision of Gehyra variegata in south-eastern Australia. Zootaxa 2277: 14-32

Warburg, M.R. 1966. Water economy of several Australian geckos, agamids, and water skinks. Copeia 1966: 230-235


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
12-Jun-2014 Gehyra Gray, 1834 12-Jun-2014 MODIFIED ABRS
30-Mar-2012 25-Jul-2013 MODIFIED
28-May-2014 16-Dec-2011 MOVED
28-May-2014 07-Dec-2011 MODIFIED
08-Mar-2011 08-Mar-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)