Biology:Jamaican giant gecko

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Jamaican giant gecko
Scientific classification edit
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Phyllodactylidae
Genus: Tarentola
T. albertschwartzi
Binomial name
Tarentola albertschwartzi
Sprackland & Swinney, 1998
  • Tarentola albertschwartzi
    Sprackland & Swinney, 1998
  • Tarentola (Neotarentola) albertschwartzi
    — Rösler, 2000
  • Tarentola albertschwartzi
    — B. Wilson, 2011

The Jamaican giant gecko (Tarentola albertschwartzi), also known commonly as Schwartz's wall gecko, is a species of lizard in the family Phyllodactylidae. The species is endemic to Jamaica.


The specific name, albertschwartzi, is in honor of American herpetologist Albert Schwartz.[3]


T. albertschwartzi is only known from a single specimen uncovered in the late 1990s in a museum in Scotland; this specimen was entered into the collection in 1884 and labelled as from Jamaica. The species is possibly extinct.[2]


  1. Wilson, B.S.; Hedges, B. (2016). "Tarentola albertschwartzi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T29456A77337835. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T29456A77337835.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tarentola albertschwartzi at the Reptile Database
  3. Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN:978-1-4214-0135-5. (Tarentola albetschwartzi, p. 239).

Further reading

  • Carranza S, Arnold EN, Mateo JA, López-Jurado LF (2000). "Long-distance colonization and radiation in gekkonid lizards, Tarentola (Reptilia: Gekkonidae), revealed by mitochondrial DNA sequences". Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 267: 637–649.
  • Rösler H (2000). "Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha)". Gekkota 2: 28–153. "Tarentola (Neotarentola) albertschwartzi ", new combination, p. 115. (in German).
  • Sprackland RG, Swinney GN (1998). "A new species of giant gecko of the genus Tarentola (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Jamaica". Journal of Zoology 245 (1): 73–78. (Tarentola albertschwartzi, new species).
  • Wilson BS (2011). "Conservation of Jamaican amphibians and reptiles". In: Hailey A (2011). Conservation of Caribbean Island Herpetofaunas Volume 2: Regional Accounts of the West Indies. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. 440 pp. ISBN:978-9004194083.

Wikidata ☰ Q310818 entry