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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Spotted Giant Gecko 
SynonymHemidactylus maculatus hunae DERANIYAGALA 1937
Hemidactylus maculatus hunae — TAYLOR 1953: 1550
Hemidactylus maculatus hunae — WERMUTH 1965: 80
Hemidactylus maculatus hunae — ZIESMANN et al. 2007
Hemidactylus maculatus hunae — SOMAWEERA & SOMAWEERA 2009
Hemidactylus hunae — BAUER et al. 2010
Hemidactylus hunae — AMARASINGHE et al. 2021 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Sri Lanka (Okanda, Eastern Province)  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.23.77 (female); many more specimens in BMNH 
CommentReports from India represent H. graniticolus (A. Bauer, pers. comm. 30 Aug 2011). 
EtymologyNamed after the Sinhalese word for gecko = "huna" 
  • Amarasinghe, A. A. T., A. M. Bauer, I. Ineich, J. Rudge, M. M. Bahir & D. E. Gabadage 2009. The original descriptions and figures of Sri Lankan gekkonid lizards (Squamata: Gekkonidae) of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Taprobanica 1 (2): 83-106 - get paper here
  • Amarasinghe, A.A. Thasun; Suranjan Karunarathna, Patrick D. Campbell, Majintha Madawala, Anslem de Silva 2021. A New Species of Hemidactylus Goldfuss, 1820 (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Sri Lanka with Redescription of H. hunae Deraniyagala, 1937,. Herpetologica 77 (3): 259-272 - get paper here
  • Batuwita, Sudesh; & Rohan Pethiyagoda 2012. Rediscovery of the Sri Lankan ‘house gecko’ Hemidactylus pieresii Kelaart (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) with a redescription of Hemidactylus depressus Gray. Zootaxa 3359: 17–30 - get paper here
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Todd R. Jackman, Eli Greenbaum, Varad B. Giri, Anslem de Silva 2010. South Asia supports a major endemic radiation of Hemidactylus geckos. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57 (1): 343-352 - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil & Abhijit Das 2017. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd., Oxford, 176 pp.
  • Deraniyagala, P. E. P. 1937. A new gecko Hemidactylus maculatus hunae. Ceylon Journal of Science, 20:185-189.
  • Karunarathna, D.M.S. Suranjan; and A.A. Thasun aMaraSinghe 2011. HEMIDACTYLUS MACULATUS HUNAE (REPTILIA: GEKKONIDAE) PREYS ON BANDICOTA BENGALENSIS (MAMMALIA: RODENTIA) IN THE GALOYA NATIONAL PARK, SRI LANKA. Herpetotropicos 5 (2):111-113 - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, Suranjan D. M. S. and A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe 2011. A PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF THE REPTILE FAUNA IN NILGALA FOREST AND ITS VICINITY, MONARAGALA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA. Taprobanica 3 (2): 69-76 - get paper here
  • Mandawala, D. E. N., & Gunawardana, M. P. 2021. A preliminary survey on the herpetofauna of Rajagala, Ampara, Sri Lanka. Symp. Appl. Sci - get paper here
  • Silva, Anslem de; Aaron M. Bauer, B.J.K. Perera, R.L. Jayaratne, M. Goonasekera, S. Goonawardena, Z. Hawke, V. Vanneck and A. Drion 2005. Some Aspects of the Knowledge of and Attitudes Towards Geckos by Students near the Nilgala Forest, Sri Lanka. Gekko 4 (2): 32-36
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • Taylor, E.H. 1953. A review of the lizards of Ceylon. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 35 (12): 1525-1585 - get paper here
  • Wermuth, H. 1965. Liste der rezenten Amphibien und Reptilien. Gekkonidae, Pygopodidae, Xantusiidae. Das Tierreich (80): 1—246
  • Wickramasinghe, Mendis and Ruchira Somaweera. 2008. Changes in the distribution ranges of the Sri Lankan Hemidactylus species. Gekko 5 (2): 44-60
  • Ziesmann, S.; Janzen, P. & Klaas, P. 2007. Die Vielfalt der Geckos [Sri Lankas]. Draco 7 (30): 38-44 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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