Lepidodactylus lugubris Mourning Gecko
Also known as:
Common Smooth-scaled Gecko, Scaly-finger Gecko
Golfito, Puntarenas province, Costa RicaSeptember 26, 2001
Mourning Gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris) Mourning Gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris)
These little geckos are native to southeast Asia, but have been introduced (presumably accidentally) in Central America as well as many other areas worldwide, including Hawaii. They are a parthenogenetic species -- all females. The one licking its eye is an adult; the one on Maria Go's finger is a tiny baby.

I had never heard an explanation for why this species is called "Mourning Geckos" until Tim G wrote me to say that when people realized that every lizard in the species was a female, someone thought they must be sad, "mourning" for never having had a mate. If you've heard a different origin for the name, I'd love to hear it, but it's going to be hard to top that one.

Here is a complete list of the species we found on this GreenTracks trip.

Hotel Campestre grounds, El Valle de Antón, Coclé province, PanamaJanuary 9, 2014
Mourning Gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris)
Skittish geckos festooned the hotel walls at night. This one is a tiny baby; the adults were not so cooperative. Thanks to Chris Williams and Dick Bartlett for identifying this gecko. I had originally thought that it was Hemidactylus mabouia.
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