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The genus Goniurosaurus currently consists of 13 species which are classified into 3 groups:


 The Goniurosaurus luii-group consisting of:

-       Goniurosaurus luii (place of origin is China and Vietnam)

-       Goniurosaurus araneus (place of origin is Vietnam)

-       Goniurosaurus bawanglingensis (found on the island of Hainan in China)

-      Goniurosaurus catbaensis (discovered on the island of Cat Ba in Vietnam)

-       Goniurosaurus huuliensis (place of origin is Vietnam)

-       Goniurosaurus yindeensis (place of origin is China)


 The Goniurosaurus lichtenfelderi-group consisting of:

-       Goniurosaurus lichtenfelderi (place of origin is Vietnam)

-       Goniurosaurus hainanensis (found on the island of Hainan in China)


  The Goniurosaurus kuroiwae-group consisting of:

-       Goniurosaurus splendens (found on the island of Tukumo (belonging to the Riu-Kiu-Islands))

-       Goniurosaurus orientalis (found on the islands of Ie-jiama, Tonaki-shima, and Sesoko (belonging to the Riu-Kiu-Islands))

-     Goniurosaurus kuroiwae (found on the islands of Okinawa, Kouri-shima and Sesoko, (Riu-Kiu-Inseln))

-       Goniurosaurus yamashinae (found on the island Kume (belonging to the Riu-Kiu-Islands))

-       Goniurosaurus toyamai (discovered in the island of Iheya (Riu-Kiu-Islands))      


I am convinced that further species of the genus Goniurosaurus will be discovered in the coming years. In any case, fans can look towards the future with excitement and hope.


The loss of their habitat is a huge problem for the geckoes. The primeval forest must give way to humans. Thus, it was necessary that many areas of that kind were declared national parks. Furthermore, some members of that genus are already protected. The whole G. kurowae-group is kept under environmental protection. If one actually is allowed to export animals, it usually is G. kuroiwae and G. splendens. Yet, the Japanese government only allows for a limited number of animals which can be shipped abroad.


Exporting G. orientalis, G. yamashinae, and G. toyamai is not allowed at all. G. toyamai is the most protected species in Japan, because this kind will die out very soon if not taken care of, which basically is true for G. orientalis as well.


G. luii and araneus are threatened with extinction as well. Right after their discovery in 1999, way too many animals were caught, so that no exemplar was found along at this Terra Typica anymore.


So, try hard!!!!




to everyone who supported me by providing further information and pictures for my website.

Dr. Thomas Ziegler, Co-workers at the Kölner Zoo

Rustam Bertiev, Co-workers at the Moskauer Zoo

Christopher Blair, Biologe at the university of Toronto

YING-YONG WANG, JIAN-HUAN YANG, AND RONG-FENG CUI, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China







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