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Tarentola mauritanica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Phyllodactylidae
Genus: Tarentola
Gray, 1825[1]

Tarentola is a genus of geckos, commonly known as wall geckos.

They are native to lands on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean; on the western side they can be found in the West Indies, while on the eastern side they can be found in mainland Africa, Macaronesia, and the Mediterranean region. However, some species such as T. mauritanica have been introduced worldwide.

Classification of genus Tarentola[edit]

Tarentola sp., probably T. boettgeri.
Tarentola sp., probably T. boettgeri.
Tarentola mauritanica.

The following species and subspecies are recognized as being valid.[2]

Nota bene: A binomial authority or a trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species or subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Tarentola.


  1. ^ "Tarentola ". ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System). www.itis.gov.
  2. ^ Genus Tarentola at The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ a b c Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Tarentola boettgeri, p. 29; T. crombei, p. 62; T. darwini p. 65).

Further reading[edit]

  • Gray JE (1825). "A Synopsis of the Genera of Reptiles and Amphibia, with a Description of some new Species". Annals of Philosophy, London, Series 2, 10: 193-217. (Tarentola, new genus, p. 199).
  • Joger U (1984). "Die Radiation der Gattung Tarentola in Makaronesien ". Courier Forschunginstitut Senckenberg 71: 91-111. (in German).
  • Schleich HH (1984). "Die Geckos der Gattung Tarentola der Kapverden (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae)". Courier Forschunginstitut Senckenberg 68: 95-106. (in German).