Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is widely distributed from Senegal to northern Cameroon, with records from southeastern Mauritania, southern Mali, the Gambia, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, Cote d'Ivôire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, far southeastern Niger and Nigeria (Trape et al. 2012). This species ranges from sea level to 500 m asl.
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Continent: Africa
Distribution: Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Mali, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Ghana ?, Liberia ?, Guinea ?, Sierra Leone ?  
Type locality: Senegal.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in both dry and moist savanna, where it spends the day sheltering beneath stones, in burrows or in termite mounds, and is active at night (Trape et al. 2012). It feeds on insects (Trape et al. 2012).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Life History and Behavior

Life Expectancy

Lifespan, longevity, and ageing

Maximum longevity: 16.2 years (captivity)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Hemitheconyx caudicinctus

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


No available public DNA sequences.

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hemitheconyx caudicinctus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
Penner, J., Rödel , M.-O., Luiselli, L. & Segniagbeto, G.

Reviewer/s
Bowles, P.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is listed as Least Concern as it is widespread, thought to be common, and subject to only localized threats.
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Population

Population
This species is suspected to be common, though it is only active for a very short period (during the beginning of the rainy season) making its true abundance difficult to determine. The population trend is unknown.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Intensive agriculture could pose a threat to this species. Collection for the pet trade may pose a threat locally.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is not known whether any conservation actions are required. The species occurs in several protected areas.
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Wikipedia

African fat-tailed gecko

Hemitheconyx caudicinctus, commonly known as the African Fat-tailed Gecko, is a nocturnal, ground-dwelling gecko.

The African Fat-tailed gecko is from the subfamily Eublepharinae. Members of this subfamily include the leopard gecko of south Central Asia, India, and Pakistan. This subfamily has clearly different characteristics from other geckos. They are terrestrial, nocturnal, have moveable eyelids, have vertical pupils, and no adhesive lamellae (sticky feet).

The African Fat-tailed gecko is found in West Africa, from Senegal to Cameroon. Their habitat is dry and arid, although they will spend most of their time in a dark, humid hiding place. In captivity, it is important to provide these geckos with a source of humidity that mimics these conditions.

The African Fat-tailed gecko is typically 8-14 inches (20-35 cm), with females being slightly larger than males. They have a captive lifespan of 10-25 years. Normal coloring is brown and tan/beige stripes, with a possible thin white stripe along the length of the back. The underbelly is pale pink or off-white.

The African Fat-tailed gecko is equipped with the ability to lose its tail when threatened or attacked. If the tail is lost, the new tail will have a more rounded shape, similar to the head. It may not match the body coloration and pattern of the gecko. The tail is also where they store their fat, an important energy reserve. With its tail, an African fat tailed gecko can go days on end without food.[citation needed]

African fat-tailed geckos as pets[edit source | edit]

In the pet trade the African fat-tailed gecko has gained some popularity though is still not as popular as the closely related Leopard Gecko. Unlike the Leopard Gecko, these geckos tend to be more docile but do have a higher humidity requirement. Through selective breeding the reptile trade has been able to produce numerous color variants of the African fat-tailed gecko including tangerine, albino, patternless, white out, and aberrant fat-tails.

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Richard D. Bartlett; Patricia Pope Bartlett (1995). Geckos: Everything About Selection, Care, Nutrition, Diseases, Breeding, and Behavior. Barron's Educational Series. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-8120-9082-6. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
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