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Taxonomy of the family Eublepharidae
Bibliography of the genus Goniurosaurus
Biodiversity of the family Eublepharidae


East Asian Leopard Geckos

Ostasiatische Leopardgeckos

Østasiatiske Leopardgekkoer

1908 Goniurosaurus Barbour (type species: Goniurosaurus hainanensis Barbour 1908)
1929 Gonyurosaurus Barbour & Loveridge [invalid emendation]
1981 Amamisaurus Börner (type species: Gymnodactylus albofasciatus kuroiwae Namiye 1912) (syn. Grismer 1988; Rösler 1995)
Contents: 21 species, of which 20 (95.2%) are endemic.
Remarks: Previously included in Eublepharis, but revalidated by Börner (1981) and Grismer (1988).
Distribution: E. Asia.
Reported from: China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan), Japan (Ryukyu Islands [Okinawa Islands (Iheyajima, Kumejima), Satsunan Islands (Amami Islands: Tokunoshima)]), Vietnam (incl. Cat Ba Island).

Goniurosaurus araneus

Vietnamese Leopard Gecko

Vietnamesischer Leopardgecko

Vietnamesisk Leopardgekko

1999 Goniurosaurus araneus Grismer, Viets & Boyle

Distribution: Vietnam.

Goniurosaurus bawanglingensis

Bawangling Leopard Gecko



2002 Goniurosaurus bawanglingensis Grismer, Haitao, Orlov & Ananjeva

Distribution: China (Hainan).

Goniurosaurus catbaensis

Cat Ba Leopard Gecko

Cat Ba-Leopardgecko

Cat Ba-leopardgekko

2008 Goniurosaurus catbaensis Ziegler, Nguyen, Schmitz, Stenke & Rösler

Distribution: Vietnam (incl. Cat Ba Island).

Goniurosaurus gezhi

Gezhi Leopard Gecko, Gezhi Cave Gecko



2020 Goniurosaurus gezhi Zhu, Chen, Román-Palacios, Li & He

Distribution: China (Guangxi).

Goniurosaurus hainanensis

Hainan Narrow-banded Leopard Gecko

Schmalbändiger Hainan-Leopardgecko

Smalbåndet Hainan-leopardgekko

1908 Goniurosaurus hainanensis Barbour
Goniurosaurus lichtenfelderi hainanensis Grismer 1987

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym or a subspecies of of lichtenfelderi (e.g., Smith 1935; Wermuth 1965; Grismer 1987). Revalidated as a separate species by Grismer, Viets & Boyle (1999).
Distribution: China (Hainan).

Goniurosaurus huuliensis

Huu Lien Leopard Gecko

Huu Lien-Leopardgecko

Huu Lien-leopardgekko

2008 Goniurosaurus huuliensis Orlov, Ryabov, Nguyen, Nguyen & Ho

Distribution: Vietnam.

Goniurosaurus kadoorieorum

Kadoories' Leopard Gecko, Kadoories' Cave Gecko



2015 Goniurosaurus kadoorieorum Yang & Chan

Remarks: Known from only Guangxi, China. The exact locality where the species occurs has not been disclosed, in order to avoid exploitation by the pet trade.
Distribution: China (Guangxi).

Goniurosaurus kuroiwae

Okinawa Leopard Gecko, (Ryukyu Ground Gecko)



1912 Gymnodactylus albofasciatus kuroiwae Namiye
Eublepharis kuroiwae Nakamura & Uéno 1963
Amamisaurus kuroiwae Börner 1981
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae Grismer 1988
2014 Goniurosaurus kuroiwae yunnu Nakamura, Takahashi & Ota

Remarks: Previously included yamashinae, orientalis, splendens and toyamai (e.g., Grismer 1988; Grismer, Ota & Tanaka 1994). The subspecies yunnu may have gone extinct, most likely due to human activities.
Distribution: Japan (Ryukyu Islands [Okinawa Islands, Satsunan Islands]).

Goniurosaurus kwanghua

Kwang Hua Leopard Gecko, Kwang Hua Cave Gecko


Kwang Hua-leopardgekko

2020 Goniurosaurus kwanghua Zhu & He in Zhu, Shen, Liu, Chen, Li & He

Remarks: Possibly a synonym of sinensis.
Distribution: China (Hainan).

Goniurosaurus kwangsiensis

Guangxi Leopard Gecko, Guangxi Cave Gecko



2015 Goniurosaurus kwangsiensis Yang & Chan

Remarks: Known from only Guangxi, China. The exact locality where the species occurs has not been disclosed, in order to avoid exploitation by the pet trade.
Distribution: China (Guangxi).

Goniurosaurus liboensis

Libo Leopard Gecko



2013 Goniurosaurus liboensis Wang, Yang & Grismer

Distribution: China (Guizhou).

Goniurosaurus lichtenfelderi

Norway Islands Leopard Gecko, (Lichtenfelder's Leopard Gecko)

Norway-Inseln-Leopardgecko, (Chinesische Tigergecko)

Norway Islands-leopardgekko

1897 Eublepharis lichtenfelderi Mocquard
Goniurosaurus lichtenfelderi Börner 1981
1999 Goniurosaurus murphyi Orlov & Darevsky (syn. Grismer 2000)

Remarks: Previously included hainanensis (e.g., Smith 1935; Zhao & Adler), to which species records of lichtenfelderi from Hainan refer. Records from continental China (Guangxi) (e.g., Zhao & Adler 1993) refer to luii. There is some doubt regarding the extent of the distribution of lichtenfelderi in Vietnam (Vu, Nguyen, Grismer & Ziegler 2006; Ziegler, Nguyen, Schmitz, Stenke & Rösler 2008; David & Ineich 2009).
Distribution: Vietnam.

Goniurosaurus luii

Chinese Leopard Gecko, (Lui's Leopard Gecko)

Chinesischer Leopardgecko

Kinesisk Leopardgekko

1999 Goniurosaurus luii Grismer, Viets & Boyle

Remarks: Records from Hainan (China) (e.g., Grismer, Viets & Boyle 1999) refer to bawanglingensis (Seufer, Kaverkin & Kirschner (eds.) 2005).
Distribution: China (Guangxi), Vietnam.

Goniurosaurus orientalis

Tonaki Leopard Gecko



1931 Eublepharis orientalis Maki
Eublepharis kuroiwae orientalis Nakamura & Uéno 1963
Amamisaurus orientalis Börner 1981
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae orientalis Ota 1989
Goniurosaurus orientalis Grismer, Viets & Boyle 1999
2017 Goniurosaurus kuroiwae sengokui Honda & Ota

Distribution: Japan (Ryukyu Islands: Okinawa Islands).

Goniurosaurus sinensis

Hainan Broad-banded Leopard Gecko

Breitbändiger Hainan-Leopardgecko

Bredbåndet Hainan-leopardgekko

2019 Goniurosaurus sinensis Zhou, Peng, Hou & Yuan

Distribution: China (Hainan).

Goniurosaurus splendens

Tokuno Leopard Gecko



1959 Eublepharis splendens Nakamura & Ueno
Eublepharis kuroiwae splendens Nakamura & Uéno 1963
Amamisaurus splendens Börner 1981
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae splendens Grismer 1988
Goniurosaurus splendens Grismer, Viets & Boyle 1999

Distribution: Japan (Ryukyu Islands: Satsunan Islands: Amami Islands: Tokunoshima).

Goniurosaurus toyamai

Iheya Leopard Gecko



1994 Goniurosaurus kuroiwae toyamai Grismer, Ota & Tanaka
Goniurosaurus toyamai Grismer, Viets & Boyle 1999

Distribution: Japan (Ryukyu Islands: Okinawa Islands: Iheyajima).

Goniurosaurus yamashinae

Kume Leopard Gecko



1936 Gymnodactylus yamashinae Okada
Amamisaurus orientalis yamashinae Börner 1981
Goniurosaurus kuroiwae yamashinae Grismer 1988
Goniurosaurus yamashinae Grismer, Viets & Boyle 1999

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of orientalis (e.g., Wermuth 1965).
Distribution: Japan (Ryukyu Islands: Okinawa Islands: Kumejima).

Goniurosaurus yingdeensis

Yingde Leopard Gecko



2010 Goniurosaurus yingdeensis Wang, Yang & Cui

Distribution: China (Guangdong).

Goniurosaurus zhelongi

Shimentai Leopard Gecko, (Zhe-long's Leopard Gecko)



2014 Goniurosaurus zhelongi Wang, Jin, Li & Grismer

Distribution: China (Guangdong).

Goniurosaurus zhoui

Zhou's Leopard Gecko

Zhou's Leopardgecko

Zhous Leopardgekko

2018 Goniurosaurus zhoui Zhou, Wang, Chen & Liang

Distribution: China (Hainan).