Check List 18(2): 419-424, doi: 10.15560/18.2.419
Sailing by boat: a second arrival point of the exotic gecko Lepidodactylus lugubris (Duméril & Bibron, 1836) (Squamata, Gekkonidae) in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest
expand article infoVictor Rocha Bandeira, Alexandre Felipe Raimundo Missassi§
‡ 1Instituto Rede Viva Mar Vivo (REDEMAR), Salvador, Brazil§ Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Belém, Brazil
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We present a new record of the Asian Mourning Gecko, Lepidodactylus lugubris (Duméril & Bibron, 1836) in the Atlantic Forest of eastern South America. Lepidodactylus lugubris is a widely distributed lizard currently occurring throughout most of the northern Neotropical Region, including the Galapagos and the eastern Pacific islands. Unlike the Amazon Rainforest, which has wide forested cover and essentially diurnal geckos, the threatened Atlantic Forest has had most of its original vegetation removed. The arrival of L. lugubris in the region deserves attention and study, aiming understand the impact of this exotic gecko on the Atlantic Forest native gecko fauna.

Bahia state, Brazil, geographic distribution, invader, mitigating actions, niche partitioning, plasticity