Goniurosaurus Species in guangxi

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Goniurosaurus, a genus of geckos in the family Eublepharidae, contains 18 primarily nocturnal gecko species [1]. Goniurosaurus species have eyelids, which is a unique trait of the Eublepharidae family. However, they do not have the specialized toe pads like common house geckos. As a result, they cannot climb smooth and vertical surfaces.

China has 10 or 11 species of Goniurosaurus by now, and 5 can be find in Guangxi Province : Goniurosaurus kwangsiensis (G. kwangsiensis) [1], G. kadoorieorum [1], G. liboensis [2], G. araneus [3], and G. luii [3], G. araneus and G. luii can also be found in north Vietnam.

In this project, we photographed four Goniurosaurus species of Guangxi to raise awareness of these beautiful species. We hope our work could contribute to the their protection and the conservation of their habitats.

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Goniurosaurus kwangsiensis

Goniurosaurus kwangsiensis is a new species of Goniurosaurus, described from Nanning, Guangxi Province, China in 2015. [1] It has medium body size (SVL 97.6–109.1 mm in adults). [1] G. liboensis is distributed in typical limestone karst landform. Many stone mountains stand on the plain, covered with dense vegetation, and this gecko is live in the cracks and caves here.


Gallery 01: Goniurosaurus kwangsiensis


Gallery 02: Goniurosaurus kwangsiensis in natural Habitat

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Goniurosaurus liboensis

Goniurosaurus liboensis is described from Maolan Nature Reserve in Libo County, Guizhou Province, China in 2013.[2] Goniurosaurus liboensis are medium size gecko, with adults measuring 103.2–110.3 mm. [2] In the Reserve, falling leaves pile heavily and average annual precipitation reaches over 1,700 millimeters. Rich rainfall and temperate climate provide favorable conditions for the growing of vegetation there. Many tree roots grow on rocks nakedly and some have already permeated the rocks and become part of them. All these mentioned form the unique doline karst landscape, and Goniurosaurus liboensis inhabits the rocks covered with vegetation.


Gallery 03: Goniurosaurus liboensis


Gallery 04: Goniurosaurus liboensis in natural Habitat

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Goniurosaurus luii

Goniurosaurus luii was first discovered in Guangxi Pingxiang in 1993 and was officially published as a new species of Gonirosaurus in Asia in 1999.[3] Goniurosaurus luii is the second largest Goniurosaurus, with adults measuring 200–220 mm.[3] Goniurosaurus luii is distributed in the humid forest areas on the border between Guangxi and Vietnam, inhabit rock cracks or under barks. They hide in during the day and climb to nearby rocks to hunt after dark.


Gallery 05: Goniurosaurus luii


Gallery 06: Goniurosaurus luii in natural Habitat

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Goniurosaurus araneus was officially published as a new species of Gonirosaurus in Asia in 1999. Its name comes from a form and habit like the local spider.[3] Goniurosaurus araneus is large-scale Goniurosaurus with a body length of more than 190mm.[3] Goniurosaurus araneus is distributed in karst landforms in northern Vietnam and southwestern Guangxi. There are many large, bare rocks here. Its name comes from slender limbs like a spider, and the habit of hiding in the graves during the day and preying on the night.


Gallery 07: Goniurosaurus araneus


Gallery 08: Goniurosaurus araneus in natural Habitat



Photographer: Jingling Miao
Producer: Yan Liang


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