species: Nactus cheverti in ALA: LIRS and surrounds using records to Oct. 2021 (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Nactus cheverti

©Univ of Guelph students: Nactus cheverti at Lizard Island

©Chris Bell: Nactus cheverti at Lizard Island.

©Chris Bell: Nactus cheverti at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Gekkonidae
Genus Nactus
Species Nactus cheverti



Distinguishing features

From Wilson and Swan (2010): Fine granular scales are mixed with conical tubercles that form 15-27 (usually less than 21) longitudinal rows. Digits are slender, padless and clawed. Found only between Cape Melville and Cairns.

This species was reported at Lizard Island as Cyrtodactylus pelagicus (now Nactus pelagicus) by Limpus (1982) but it seems that was a misidentification.


  • Up to 5.7 cm (snout-vent length according to Wilson and Swan (2010))



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Wilson, S. and G. Swan (2010). A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia: 3rd Edition 558 pp. New Holland Publishers, Australia.

Other references

  • Limpus, C.H. (1982). The reptiles of Lizard Island, Herpetofauna, 13(2): 1-6. LIRS catalog number 73.