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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Gekkota
Infraordo: Gekkomorpha

Superfamilia: Eublepharoidea
Familia: Eublepharidae
Genus: Holodactylus
Species (2): H. africanus – H. cornii

Holodactylus Boettger, 1893: 113

Type species: Holodactylus africanus Boettger, 1893, by monotypy.

Primary references

Boettger, O. 1893. Übersicht der von Prof. C. Keller anlässlich der Ruspoli'schen Expedition nach den Somaliländern gesammelten Reptilien und Batrachier. Zoologischer Anzeiger 16(416): 113–119. BHL

Holodactylus is a genus of small geckos, collectively known as the clawed geckos.

Both species in the genus live in northeastern Africa. The range of Holodactylus africanus stretches from the Maasai Steppe, on the border between Kenya and Tanzania to Ethiopia. The second species Holodactylus cornii has only been found in Ethiopia and Somalia.

These terrestrial geckos mainly inhabit arid steppes and savannas. The females usually lay two soft-shelled eggs which are subsequently buried in moist substrate.

African clawed gecko, (Holodactylus africanus)
East African clawed gecko, (Holodactylus cornii)


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