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Temiah Rock Gecko

Cnemaspis temiah


The Temiah rock gecko is known from a single location in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia around 4 km²!

The Temiah rock gecko is a member of the gecko family Gekkonidae which diverged 65 million years ago; about the time dinosaurs went extinct!

This species is rarely encountered and, although in places where it does persist it may be abundant, some of the trails where the Temiah rock gecko used to reside have been destroyed.

Temiah rock gecko is reliant on vegetation but the main threat to this species is habitat change by the conversion of rainforests for agriculture and tourist development.

This gecko is not currently present in any protected areas so preservation of remaining habitat is required to ensure the survival of this species.

  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Gekkonidae
  • Population: Unknown
  • Trend: decreasing

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 5.52 (?)
ED Score: 14.55 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct


The Temiah rock gecko is only known from Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands plateau, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia, at approximately 1,600 m above sea level.

Habitat and Ecology

Temiah rock gecko lives solely on vegetation and does not show any affinity for rocky habitats typical of other members of Cnemaspis. It is assumed that this species is secretive and diurnal (active during the day) however it has never been seen during the day, at night it has been seen sleeping on the trunks of trees. It is thought that the Temiah rock gecko breeds all year round.

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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).

Crops Urban development

Threat wordcloud key:

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Severity unknown
Source: The IUCN List of Threatened Species. Version 2017.1.
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