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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesTarentola mauritanica juliae JOGER 1984
Tarentola mauritanica mauritanica (LINNAEUS 1758)
Tarentola mauritanica pallida GENIEZ et al. 1999 
Common NamesE: Common Wall Gecko, Moorish Gecko
G: Mauergecko
D: Muurgekko 
SynonymLacerta mauritanica LINNAEUS 1758: 202
Gecko stellio MERREM 1820: 43
Gecko fascicularis GERVAIS 1836
Tarentola mauritanica — GRAY 1845
Tarentola mauritanica — BOULENGER 1885: 196
Platydactylus mauritanicus — BÖTTGER 1873
Tarentola mauritanica — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Tarentola mauritanica — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 273
Tarentola (Tarentola) mauritanica — RÖSLER 2000: 116
Tarentola mauritanica — KWET & TRAPP 2015

Tarentola mauritanica mauritanica (LINNAEUS 1758)
Gecko muricatus LAURENTI 1768: 44
Platydactylus muralis DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 319 (nom. subst. pro L. maur.)
Platydactylus facetanus STRAUCH 1862: 22
Tarentola mauritanica subvar. atlantica DOUMERGUE 1899: 513
Tarentola mauritanica subvar. lissoide DOUMERGUE 1899: 515
Tarentola mauritanica subvar. gracilis DOUMERGUE 1899
Tarentola tuberculata ROSEN 1905: 130
Tarentola mauritanica mauritanica — WERMUTH 1965: 180

Tarentola mauritanica juliae JOGER 1984
Tarentola mauritanica juliae — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Tarentola mauritanica juliae — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012

Tarentola mauritanica pallida GENIEZ et al. 1999
Tarentola mauritanica pallida — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Tarentola mauritanica pallida — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012 
DistributionCostal Mediterranean Regions: Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Balearic Islands (introduced to Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Cabrera), Italy (incl. Lampedusa island), Sardinia,
France, Corsica, Malta, Madeira, Azores,
coastal Croatia (except Istria), Adriatic islands,
Greece (incl. Crete; introduced to Corfu) [Arnold & Burton]
Morocco, Western Sahara, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt [Schleich et al.]
Sinai [Werner 1988]

Chile (introduced to Santiago de Chile)
Uruguay (introduced [ACHAVAL & GUDYNAS 1983]),
USA (introduced to California and established in San Diego County [HR 29: 52]).

Type locality: Mauritania.

juliae: Morocco

pallida: SW Morocco (from the mouth of Qued Draâ to Dchira, south of Laâyoune). Type locality: Sidi Lemsid, Khnifiss lagoon (between Tanzan and Tarfaya), SW Morocco. 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 
TypesNeotype: ZFMK 35631 [Gecko fascicularis]
Holotype: ZFMK 26132, paratypes in ZFMK, CNHM = FMNH, ZSM and USNM [juliae] 
CommentDistribution: Tarentola mauritanica in the island of Madeira represents an anthropogenic introduction (Báez, M. & Biscoito, M. 1993 First record of Tarentola mauritanica (Linneus, 1758) from the island of Madeira. Macarones Congr. 1993, summaries.). Not in Israel fide BAR & HAIMOVITCH 2012.

Taxonomy: T. mauritanica is paraphyletic with respect to T. angustimentalis, a Canary islands endemic (HARRIS et al. 2004). Tarentola mauritanica fascicularis (DAUDIN 1802) has been elevated to full species status.

Type species: Lacerta mauritanica LINNAEUS 1758: 202 is the type species of the genus Tarentola GRAY 1825. 
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