Correlophus ciliatus Guichenot, 1866

Crested gecko, Eyelash gecko



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rhacodactylus ciliatus (Guichenot, 1866); Correlophus ciliates Guichenot, 1866 [orth. error used by (Hudel et al., 2020; Schaefer et al., 2020)]


Conservation Status

Last record: 1870

Rediscovered in 1994

IUCN status: Vunerable


"The New Caledonian crested gecko was thought extinct until being rediscovered in 1994. Following the rediscovery, a small breeding group was created. Now the crested gecko is one of the most popular reptile pets with captive bred crested geckos selling for as little as $80 each. Wild crested geckos are protected. They are listed as vulnerable due to habitat loss to agriculture and an introduced ant pest, but they are not poached thanks to the booming pet trade."




New Caledonia (including Île des Pins)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Guichenot, A. (1866). Notice sur un nouveau genre de sauriens de la famille geckotiens, du Muséum de Paris. Mémoires de laSociété des Sciences Naturelles de Cherbourg 12: 248-252.


Other references:

Bach, S. (2006) Der Kronengecko, Rhacodactylus ciliatus. Natur und Tier-Verlag, Münster. 64 pp.

Baldwin, R. and Repashey, A. (1998). Back with a vengeance: the New Caledonian crested gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus). Reptiles 6(4): 32-42.

Bauer, A. M. (1990). Phylogenetic systematics and biogeography of the Carphodactylini (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Bonner zoologische Monographien 30: 1-220.

Bauer, A. M., Jackman, T. R., Sadlier, R. A. and Whitaker, A. H. (2012). Revision of the giant geckos of New Caledonia (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae: Rhacodactylus). Zootaxa 3404: 1-52.

Bauer, A. M. and Sadlier, R. A. (1993). Systematics, biogeography and conservation of the lizards of New Caledonia. Biodiversity Letters 1: 107-122.

Bauer, A. M. and Sadlier, R. A. (2000). The Herpetofauna of New Caledonia. Ithaca, New York: Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Both, A.R. (1999) The New Caledonian crested gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus). Reptile Hobbyist 4(5): 36-41.

Gerard, P. (1999). Rhacodactylus ciliatus. The enigmatic crested gecko. Reptilia (GB), 9 (October), 27–33.

Girard, F. and Heuclin, D. (1998). Première mention du gecko Rhacodactylus ciliatus sur la Grande Terre (Nouvelle-Calédonie) depuis sa description en 1866. Bulletins de la Société herpétologique de France 85-86: 60-61.

Hamper, R. (2005). Crested Gecko in Captivity. ECO press.

Henkel, F.-W. & Schmidt, W. (2007). Rhacodactylus ciliatus und auriculatus. Herpeton, Offenbach, 94 pp.

Holmes, Branden. (2021). What's Lost and What Remains: The Sixth Extinction in 100 Accounts (eBook). Self published.

Hudel, Lennart et al. (2020). New distribution records: four species of giant geckos (Gekkota: Diplodactylidae) occur in syntopy on Île des Pins, New Caledonia. Herpetology Notes 13: 261-265.

Kullimann, B. (1995) Über die Wiederentdeckung des Kronengeckos (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) in Neu Kaledonien. Elaphe 3: 68-71.

Lucas, K. K. (2017). Your Crestie Bestie. Reptiles Magazine [2017]: 17-25. [March/April issue]

Ramirez, Andrea Aparicio, Perez, Karina and Telemeco, Rory S. (2020). Thermoregulation and thermal performance of crested geckos (Correlophus ciliatus) suggest an extended optimality hypothesis for the evolution of thermoregulatory set‐points. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A. [Abstract]

Sanchez, M., Cassan, J. R. and Duval, T. (2015). A new locality for Correlophus ciliatus and Rhacodactylus leachianus (Sauria: Diplodactylidae) from Néhoué River, northern New Caledonia. Herpetology Notes 8: 553-555.

Schaefer, Makayla Alexandra, Wetzel, Haley, Skalican, Kinsey, Johanson, Sarah and Loughman, Zachary. (2020). Dominance in Female Crested Geckos (Correlophus ciliates). Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Science 92(1): 594. [Abstract]

Seipp, R. & Klemmer, K. (1994) Wiederentdeckung von Rhacodactylus ciliatus Guichenot 1866 im Süden Neukaledoniens(Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 24: 199-204.

Sommer, L. (2009) Introduktion til Rhacodactylus ciliatus— Kronegekko. Nordisk Herpetologisk Forening 51: 178-185.

Storelli, A. (1994). Gecko nouveau! On a retrouvé le ciliatus! Les Nouvelles Hebdo 320: 16-17.

Whitaker, A. H. and Sadlier, R. A. (2011). Rhacodactylus ciliatus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. ( Downloaded on 13 December 2013.

Wirth, M. & Peukert, D. (2009) Kobolde im Blätterdach — der Kronengecko, Rhacodactylus ciliatus. Draco 9(4): 23-26.


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