Only a few specimens of the southern even-fingered gecko have been collected in the last decade despite intensive survey efforts.
This species is part of the Gekkonidae family, which diverged from all other families in the Squamata order approximately 65 million years ago.
The main threat to the southern even-fingered gecko is habitat loss with over half its historical habitat been lost in the last 20-30 years. Whilst this species is listed in the Red Data Books in the USSR (a state document listing endangered species of plant, animal and fungi), the Southern even-fingered gecko does not occur in any protected areas so the creation of a special reserve would be beneficial.
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Gekkonidae
- Population: Unknown
- Trend: decreasing
Present in central and southern Uzbekistan and in Turkmenistan, the distribution of the southern even-fingered gecko appears to be somewhat sporadic, being endemic to the “broken stone district” within its range. The species has been collected between 200 and 250 m above sea level.
Habitat and Ecology
Not much is known about the southern even-fingered gecko habitat and ecology. Typically this species lives in bare, flat clay areas in the sand desert zone present in the foothills. The species lays several clutches of one or two eggs per year.