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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Stump-toed Gecko, Common Four-clawed Gecko, Stump-tailed Gecko
G: Gewöhnlicher Vierkrallengecko 
SynonymHemidactylus pristiurus WIEGMANN in MEYEN 1834 (nomen nudum)
Hemidactylus (Peropus) mutilatus WIEGMANN in MEYEN 1834
Hemidactylus mutilatus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 354
Hemidactylus Peronii DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 352
Peropus (Dactyloperus) Peronii - FITZINGER 1843
Peropus mutilatus - FITZINGER 1843
Peripia Peronii - GRAY 1845
Hemidactylus peronii - CANTOR 1847
Hemidactylus platurus BLEEKER 1857 (nomen nudum)
Hemidactylus platurus BLEEKER 1859
Gecko pardus TYTLER 1865: 547
Peropus packardii COPE 1869: 319
Peripia Peronii — STOLICZKA 1870: 163
Peripia mutilata — GÜNTHER 1873
Peripia peronii — FERGUSON 1877: 12
Hemidactylus Navarri DUGÉS 1884
Gehyra mutilata — FISCHER 1885: 3
Gehyra mutilata - BOULENGER 1885: 148
Peropus mutilatus — STEJNEGER 1907: 180
Gehyra beebei - DE ROOIJ 1915: 39
Gehyra mutilata — DE ROOIJ 1915: 41
Hemidactylus navarii - GUIBÉ 1954
Peropus multilatus (sic) MCKEON 1978
Gehyra mugtilata (sic) PERNETTA & BURGIN 1980
Gehyra harrieti - WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Gehyra packardii - WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Gehyra mutilata — LINER 1994
Gehyra mutilata — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 277
Gehyra mutilata — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 230
Gehyra mutilata — COX et al. 1998: 85
Gehyra mutilata — COGGER 2000: 727
Gehyra mutila — KÖHLER 2000: 45 (in error) 
DistributionMadagascar, Mascarene Islands (Mauritius, Reunion, Rodrigues), Seychelles, Nossi Be = Nosy Bé,
Sri Lanka, India (incl. Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands, Kerala),
Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia (incl. Pulau Tioman, Pulau Pangkor, Johor: Pulau Besar), Cambodia,
S China (Yunnan, Hainan, Hong Kong), Taiwan,
Japan (Okinawa), Oceania, Philippines (Palawan, Calamian Islands, Panay, Luzon, Mindoro, Bohol, Masbate), Singapore, Palau,
New Guinea, Western Samoa, Fiji Islands, Tonga Islands, Toga Island, Cocos Islands, Micronesia (e.g. Mortlock Islands, Chuuk), Christmas Islands, Guam, Solomon Islands [McCoy 2000],
Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Timor, Halmahera, Komodo, Flores), Timor-Leste,
Australia (Cook Island, CKI), Nauru, Vanuatu,
New Zealand (introduced; but apparently not established there)
Mexico (Chiapas, San Luis Potosí, Jalisco: HR 32: 57, Nayarit, Sinaloa, introduced)
USA (introduced to Hawaii, S California)

Type locality: Manila (Philippines) Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MCZ R-5740, but unknown fide SANG et al. 2009
Lectotype: ZMB 370A (Bauer & Günther 1991)
Holotype: MDUG HE 647 [Hemidactylus Navarri] 
CommentVariation: this is quite a variable species. For some photos, including hatchlings, see Pawlowski 2013.

Synonymy: Dactyloperus insulensis GIRARD 1857: 195 has been removed from the synonymy of G. mutilata based on genetic data; otherwise the two species do not seem to be diagnosable morphologically (Rocha et al. 2009, Zug 2013).

Original description in Amarasinghe et al. 2009.

Distribution: reports from Micronesia represent G. insulensis, previously considered as a synonym of G. mutilata. McKeown (1996) states that Gehyra mutilata might have been present in Hawaii before the arrival of Europeans. 
EtymologyThe origin of the genus name Gehyra seems to be unknown (Lemos-Espinal & Dixon 2013). The specific epithet comes from the Latin word muticus, meanmg “hurt maimed docked shortened or cut short”, likely in reference to the ease with which the tail is broken or the skin is torn (Lemos-Espinal & Dixon 2013).

The genus Peropus has been named after the Greek word “peros” = mutilated and “pous” = foot. 
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