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40. Reyes’ Caribbean Gecko

Aristelliger reyesi

About

Reyes’ Caribbean Gecko lives in just one location that is only 21km²

This species is part of the family Sphaerodactylidae which diverged from all other families of reptiles 87 million years ago, around the time that humans and rabbits shared a common ancestor!

Within its range the Reyes’ Caribbean gecko is common, however the main threat to this species is habitat loss and fragmentation due to deforestation for tourism and residential areas.

Whilst there are no species-specific conservation actions its known range is within Paisaje Natural Protegido Varahicacos. Further low-impact tourism development is allowed in the protected areas, currently this takes the form of small buildings and trails which is thought to only have a small impact on this species. It is predicted that if tourism development continues at the same rate all natural habitat on Península de Hicacos will be lost in 50 years. Further research into population threats, trends, ecology and distribution are recommended.

  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Sphaerodactylidae
  • Population: Unknown
  • Trend: unknown

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 5.82 (?)
ED Score: 19.09 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct

Distribution

Reyes’ Caribbean gecko is endemic to Cuba, where it is known only from the Península de Hicacos, Matanzas Province 

Habitat and Ecology

Reyes’ Caribbean gecko is endemic to Cuba, where it is known only from the Península de Hicacos, Matanzas Province 

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This wordcloud illustrates the threats facing this species. The size of each word indicates the extent of a species range that is affected by that threat (larger size means a greater area is affected). The colour of the word indicates how much that threat impacts the species (darker shades of red mean the threat is more severe).

Tourism

Threat wordcloud key:

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Source: The IUCN List of Threatened Species. Version 2017.1.
Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org