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Yamashina’s Ground Gecko

Goniurosaurus yamashinae


Yamashina’s ground gecko lives in an area of just 60km² and is confined to a single island (Kumejima), part of Japan.

This species genus, Goniurosaurus, split from all other lizards before the extinction of the dinosaurs!

Yamashina’s ground gecko in an uncommon species, although there is no population data it is thought the population is declining due to habitat loss.

The main threat to this species is habitat reduction resulting from the construction of forests roads and agriculture, the remaining suitable habitat is divided fragmenting the population. There is also the possibility of collection for the pet trade, which is illegal as Yamashina’s ground gecko is assigned the status of national monument in Okinawa Prefrecture.

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

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 5.87 (?)
ED Score: 21.20 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct


Yamashina’s ground gecko is endemic to Kumejima Island of the Central Ryukyus, Japan.

Habitat and Ecology

Yamashina’s ground gecko lives in hilly or mountainous regions covered with broad-leaved evergreen trees or around farmland, and preys on small invertebrates. Females lay a clutch of no more than two eggs.

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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 Roads/Rail

Threat wordcloud key:

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