Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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CAVS: 2107

Species Lepidodactylus lugubris (Duméril & Bibron, 1836)

Mourning Gecko


Generic Combinations

  • Lepidodactylus lugubris (Duméril & Bibron, 1836).



Global distribution extending from the Seychelles east across the Pacific to the Americas and Caribbean, being native in the South-east Asian portion.

Due to the limited and patchy distribution in mainland Australia, Cogger (1994) argues that the species might have been accidentally introduced by man, while the populations in Torres Strait islands are native. Limpus et al. (1999), while reporting a new record for Heron Island, note that they could not detect the species in coastal areas and islands between Mission Beach and Townsville in the mid-late 1970's.




Northern Territory, Queensland

Extra Distribution Information

Scattered localities in northern Australia including Darwin, coastal localities in northeast QLD, many islands in Torres Strait, and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, possibly introduced to continental Australia (see Introduction); tropical, native to east Indo-west Pacific (SE Asia),widely introduced across Indo-Pacific (Seychelles, Carribean)


IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT, Qld: Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Wet Tropics (WT)

Other Regions

Cocos (Keeling) Islands terrestrial & freshwater, Torres Strait Islands terrestrial, marine & freshwater

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Arboreal, nocturnal, oviparous.

Extra Ecological Information



History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
07-Feb-2024 GEKKOTA 24-Aug-2023 MODIFIED
07-Feb-2024 GEKKOTA 02-Oct-2018 MODIFIED
07-Feb-2024 08-Jul-2014 MODIFIED
07-Feb-2024 16-Dec-2011 MOVED
07-Feb-2024 07-Dec-2011 MODIFIED
08-Mar-2011 08-Mar-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)