Calodactylodes aureus Beddome, 1870

Indian golden gecko



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Calodactyloides aureus Beddome, 1870 (used by Aditya & Ganesh, 2017:10828)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1870 or before (Amarnath Reddy et al. 2013)

Rediscovered in 1985 (Daniel et al. 1986)





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Beddome, R. H. (1870). Descriptions of some new lizards from the Madras Presidency. Madras Monthly Journal of Medical Science 1: 30-35. [Reprint in Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 59: 430-436]


Other references:

Aditya, Vikram and Ganesh, Thyagarajan. (2017). Mammals of Papikonda Hills, northern Eastern Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 9(10): 10823-10830.

Amarnath Reddy, Y. et al. (2013). Range extension of Indian Golden Gecko Calodactylodes aureus in Andhra Pradesh, India. Reptile Rap 15: 41-42.

Bauer, A. M. and I. Das, 2000. A review of the gekkonid genus Calodactylodes (Reptilia: Squamata) from India and Sri Lanka. Journal of South Asian Natural History, 5 (1): 25-35.

Chakrapani, I. S. et al. (2014). Status Survey of the Indian Golden Gecko, Calodactylodes aureus (Beddome, 1970) in YSR Kadapa and SPSR Nellore Districts of Andhra Pradesh, India. World Journal of Zoology 9(1): 21-27.

Chettri, B. and S. Bhupathy. (2010). Three little known reptile species from the Araku Valley, Eastern Ghats with notes on their distribution. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2(8): 1109-1113.

Daniel, J. C. and B. Bhushan. (1985). The golden gecko of Tirumalai Hills. Hornbill 3(3): 17-18.

Daniel, JC, B. Bhushan and AG Sekar. (1986). Rediscovery of the Golden Gecko Calodactylodes aureus (Beddome) in the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 83: 15–16.

Javed, S.M.M., Archana Waran & Farida Tampal (2007). On the occurrence of Golden Gecko Calodactylodes aureus (Beddome, 1870) in Papikonda Hills, Eastern Ghats, Andhra Pradesh, India. Zoos’ Print Journal 22(6): 2727-2729.

Kalaimani A. and A. Nath, 2012. A new locality and microhabitat usage by Calodactylodes aureus (Beddome, 1870) from Tamil Nadu, Eastern Ghats, Southern India. Herpetotropicos 8(1-2): 49-54.

Kalaimani, A. and Nath, Anukul. (2013). The Indian Golden Gecko, [i]Calodactylodes aureus[/i] (Beddome, 1870) in Tamil Nadu, India. Taprobanica 5(1): 81-84.

Rajasekhar, M. & N.V. Nanda Kumar (2007). A new finding on the occurrence of Golden Gecko (Calodactylodes aureus) in the rock boulders near Vellore Town. The Bioscan 2(1): 61-62.

Rajasekhar, M. and G. Rajarami Reddy, (2010). Occurrence and Ecology of Calodactylodes aureus in Sri Venkateswara Sanctuary and Nallamalai Hills of Andhra Pradesh, India. Emerging trends in Modern Biology, Centre for Biotechnology, Acharya Nagrjuna University, Guntur, pp: 234-244.

Reddy, Y. A., P. Indira, T. Pullaiah, B. Sadasivaiah, K. R. K. Swamy, and S. S. Rani, 2013. Range extension of Indian Golden Gecko Calodactylodes aureus in Andhra Pradesh, India. Reptile Rap 15: 41-42.

Russell, A. P., & Bauer, A. M. (1989). The morphology of the digits of the golden gecko, Calodactylodes aureus and its implications for the occupation of rupicolous habitats. Amphibia-reptilia 10(2): 125-140.

Smith, M. A., 1935. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Amphibia, vol. 2: Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London: 440.

Sreekar, R., C. Srinivasulu, M. Seetharamaraju & C. Aditya Srinivasulu (2010). Selection of egg attachment sites by the Indian Golden Gecko Calodactylodes aureus (Beddome, 1870) (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) in Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2(11): 1268-1272.

Srinivasulu, B. et al. (2014). First confirmed record of Calodactylodes aureus (Reptilia) from Karnataka, India. Taprobanica 6(1): 53-54.


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