Marbled leaf-toed gecko

Marbled leaf-toed gecko
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Gekkonidae
Subfamily: Gekkoninae
Genus: Afrogecko
Species: A. porphyreus
Binomial name
Afrogecko porphyreus
(Daudin, 1802)

Gecko porphyreus Daudin, 1802 Phyllodactylus porphyreus (Daudin, 1802)

The marbled leaf-toed gecko[1] (Afrogecko porphyreus) is a gecko found in southern and southwestern South Africa (including many offshore islands) and in Namibia.[2] It is a flat, medium-sized gecko.


It has a mottled, greyish body, a long tail and sometimes a pale stripe along its back. It is an adaptable little forager, hiding under debris, beneath bark, among rocks and even in city houses.

These geckos eat large numbers of small insects, so a population of them living on one's property serves as a natural form of pest-control. However, domestic cats - as introduced predators - will usually kill large numbers of these little lizards, often exterminating them from the immediate area. Their diet is an array of invertebrates, including feeder insects.


This gecko occurs commonly in the southern parts of South Africa, from Cape Town (where it now inhabits suburban gardens) eastwards as far as the Eastern Cape.

A. porphyreus are not aggressive or territorial, and several of them will often live together in a single retreat. These sociable lizards will even share nests, where several females will lay their eggs.

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  1. "Afrogecko porphyreus (Marbled leaf-toed gecko)". Biodiversity Explorer. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  2. Afrogecko porphyreus at the Reptile Database. Accessed 23 August 2016.
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