1 September 2006 Microhabitat Use by Introduced Hemidactylus turcicus (Mediterranean Geckos) in North Central Florida
Patricia Gomez-Zlatar, Michael P. Moulton, Richard Franz
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Abstract

We examined the relationship between seven wall-microhabitat features and the occurrence of the nonindigenous Hemidactylus turcicus (Mediterranean Gecko) in north-central Florida using a repeatable technique. We characterized 160 one-story walls by age of the building, cardinal orientation, color, length, presence or absence of a light source, building material, and vegetation level, and recorded the presence or absence of H. turcicus for each wall during two separate nocturnal visits. The occurrence of H. turcicus was only dependent on wall surface color and length. Both the lack of significance of the majority of the microhabitat variables investigated and the fact that H. turcicus was found on all wall types suggest that this gecko is capable of inhabiting a wide variety of wall environments. This habitat flexibility may be a key factor in the prolific expansion of this gecko's nonnative range.

Patricia Gomez-Zlatar, Michael P. Moulton, and Richard Franz "Microhabitat Use by Introduced Hemidactylus turcicus (Mediterranean Geckos) in North Central Florida," Southeastern Naturalist 5(3), 425-434, (1 September 2006). https://doi.org/10.1656/1528-7092(2006)5[425:MUBIHT]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 September 2006
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