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Leopard Gecko Taxonomy

Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius) Taxonomy

Taxonomy

  • Kingdom:
  • Animalia
  • Phylum:
  • Chordata
  • Class:
  • Reptilia
  • Order:
  • Squamata
  • Family:
  • Gekkonidae
  • Subfamily:
  • Eublepharinae
  • Genus:
  • Eublepharis
  • Species:
  • macularius

Advanced Taxonomy

  • Kingdom:
  • Animalia
  • Phylum:
  • Chordata
  • Class:
  • Reptilia
  • Order:
  • Squamata
  • Suborder:
  • Scleroglossa
  • Infraorder:
  • Gekkota
  • Family:
  • Gekkonidae
  • Subfamily:
  • Eublepharinae
  • Genus:
  • Eublepharis
  • Species:
  • macularius

Taxonomy is always evolving and changing. As of writing this resource, the taxonomic structure was accurate.

Leopard Gecko Taxonomy

Leopard Gecko Etymology

Eublepharis macularius Etymology: Eu = good/true - blephar = eyelid - macularius = spotted

Eublepharis macularius = True eyelid spotted gecko

Kingdom: Animalia

Animalia is the kingdom which includes organisms that have a true nucleus (eukaryotic). They are multi-cellular, and do not make their own food. (heterotrophic).

Phylum: Chordata

Chordates are animals that have a notochord (a rod-shaped supporting axis, or backbone) at some point in their life. Chordates include the vertebrates, cephalochordates, and urochordates.

Class: Reptilia

Reptilia is the class of cold-blooded, air-breathing vertebrates. They have a completely ossified skeleton and a body usually covered with scales or horny plates.

Order: Squamata

Members of the order Squamata have movable quadrate bones. (Quadrate bones help form part of the jaw joint.) Males of this group possess hemipenis'.

Suborder: Scleroglossa

Scleroglossa means "hard-tongued" and is one of the 2 major groups that resulted from squamates splitting up 30+ million years ago. The other is Iguania.

Infraorder: Gekkota

This infraorder groups all geckos and the legless Pygopodidae. (legless lizards)

Family: Eublepharidae

The Eye-lid geckos.

Subfamily: Eublepharinae

A subfamily that contains the following genera: Coleonyx, Eublepharis, Goniurosaurus, Hemitheconyx, Holodactylus

Genus: Eublepharis

The true eye-lid geckos. Defined by their lack of lamellae, functioning eye-lids, nocturnal nature, and bumpy skin texture.

Species: E. macularius

Commonly known as the Leopard Gecko.

Sub-species include: Eublepharis macularius afghanicus, Eublepharis macularius fasciolatus, Eublepharis macularius macularius, Eublepharis macularius montanus and Eublepharis macularius smithi)

Attribution

Author: Richard Brooks
Laurie Vitt, Eric R. Pianka, 2006. The Scaly Ones. Natural History Magazine, Archives
Lowell Ackerman, 1997, The Biology, Husbandry, and Health Care of Reptiles, Volume 1
Philippe de Vosjoli, Ron Tremper, Roger Klingenberg, 2005, Herpetoculture of Leopard Geckos
Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid
Wikipedia - Taxonomy