The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Tarentola albertschwartzi Sparckland & Swinney 1998

Jamaican giant gecko, Cooper's giant gecko



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1884 or before





Biology & Ecology




Holotype: NMSZ 1884.23.7 (adult female)


Known only from the holotype which was given to the National Museum of Scotland in 1884.






Original scientific description:

Sprackland, R.G., Swinney, G.N. (1998) A new species of giant gecko of the genus Tarentola (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Jamaica. [i]Journal of Zoology[/i] [b]245[/b]: 73-78. [Abstract] [text available online for ProBoards members]


Other references:

Powell, Robert and Henderson, Robert W. (2012). Island lists of West Indian amphibians and reptiles. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 51(2): 85-166. [considers this taxon as possibly extinct]


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