Hemidactylus festivus

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Taxonavigation: Gekkonoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
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: Gekkonoidea

Familia: Gekkonidae
Subfamilia: Gekkoninae
Genus: Hemidactylus
Species: Hemidactylus festivus


  • Hemidactylus festivus Carranza & Arnold, 2012
Holotype: BMNH 1977.977, female collected in October 1977 by E.N. Arnold (MorphoBank M95339–M95353).
Type locality: Wadi Ayoun, 670 m, Dhofar region (South Oman) 17.24671’N 53.88774’E.
Etymology: The name refers to the “happy” aspect of this species, with its bright coloring in the dorsal pattern of living animals and with the juveniles moving around leaping with the tail raised to show its conspicuous black and white coloring.


  • Hemidactylus yerburii — Arnold, 1977: 101 (part.)
  • Hemidactylus yerburii — Arnold, 1986: 283 (part.)
  • Hemidactylus yerburii — Arnold, 1986: 420 (part.)
  • Hemidactylus yerburii — Schätti & Desvoignes, 1999: 52 (part.)
  • Hemidactylus yerburii — van Der Kooij, 2000: 113 (part.)
  • Hemidactylus yerburii — Sindaco & Jeremcenko, 2008: 117 (part.)
  • Hemidactylus festivus Carranza & Arnold, 2012


  • Carranza, S.; Arnold, E.N. 2012: A review of the geckos of the genus Hemidactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Oman based on morphology, mitochondrial and nuclear data, with descriptions of eight new species. Zootaxa 3378: 1–95. Preview Reference page