Leopard Gecko Taxonomy
Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius) Taxonomy
Taxonomy is always evolving and changing. As of writing this resource, the taxonomic structure was accurate.
Leopard Gecko Etymology
Eublepharis macularius Etymology: Eu = good/true - blephar = eyelid - macularius = spotted
Eublepharis macularius = True eyelid spotted gecko
Animalia is the kingdom which includes organisms that have a true nucleus (eukaryotic). They are multi-cellular, and do not make their own food. (heterotrophic).
Chordates are animals that have a notochord (a rod-shaped supporting axis, or backbone) at some point in their life. Chordates include the vertebrates, cephalochordates, and urochordates.
Reptilia is the class of cold-blooded, air-breathing vertebrates. They have a completely ossified skeleton and a body usually covered with scales or horny plates.
Members of the order Squamata have movable quadrate bones. (Quadrate bones help form part of the jaw joint.) Males of this group possess hemipenis'.
Scleroglossa means "hard-tongued" and is one of the 2 major groups that resulted from squamates splitting up 30+ million years ago. The other is Iguania.
This infraorder groups all geckos and the legless Pygopodidae. (legless lizards)
The Eye-lid geckos.
A subfamily that contains the following genera: Coleonyx, Eublepharis, Goniurosaurus, Hemitheconyx, Holodactylus
The true eye-lid geckos. Defined by their lack of lamellae, functioning eye-lids, nocturnal nature, and bumpy skin texture.
Species: E. macularius
Commonly known as the Leopard Gecko.
Sub-species include: Eublepharis macularius afghanicus, Eublepharis macularius fasciolatus, Eublepharis macularius macularius, Eublepharis macularius montanus and Eublepharis macularius smithi)
Articles Of Interest
Author: Richard Brooks
Laurie Vitt, Eric R. Pianka, 2006. The Scaly Ones. Natural History Magazine, Archives
Lowell Ackerman, 1997, The Biology, Husbandry, and Health Care of Reptiles, Volume 1
Philippe de Vosjoli, Ron Tremper, Roger Klingenberg, 2005, Herpetoculture of Leopard Geckos
Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid
Wikipedia - Taxonomy