The Tadjikistan even-fingered gecko range is restricted to an extremely narrow band along the Vakhsh River thought to be 10km long and 1-2km wide.
This species is part of the Gekkonidae family, which diverged from all other families in the Squamata order approximately 65 million years ago.
The Tadjikistan even-fingered gecko is a rare species that can often be heard where it is present.
A decrease in habitat size and habitat quality due to active agriculture and increasing human populations is thought to be leading to the decline in the species.
Whilst this species is not present in any protected areas it is listed in the Red Data Book of Tadjikistan (a state document listing endangered species of plant, animal and fungi). It has been recommended that a small protected area is created where a high density of geckos have been recorded.
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Gekkonidae
- Population: Unknown
- Trend: unknown
This species is endemic to the Vakhsh River, in southwest Tadjikistan where it has been recorded between 400-500m above sea level.
Habitat and Ecology
The Tadjikistan even-fingered gecko is found mainly along clay slopes with scattered rocks, sparse bushes, grass and rodent burrows which it uses as shelter and possibly for overwintering sites. It has also been found in temporary pebble-lined channels following spring floods. Eggs are thought to be laid communally.