Hemidactylus garnotii, the Indo-Pacific gecko;
Volusia county, Florida (11 August 2013).
Native to the Indo-Tropics (as its common name might suggest), H. garnotii is now well-established throughout much of the Floridian peninsula along with numerous other pockets around the world. This species is entirely parthenogenic, meaning all individuals are female and fertilization occurs without the existence of any males. Male Indo-Pacific geckos, in short, don’t exist. Another reminder that, yes, life finds a way and that biological eco-diversity is far more complex than the simple binaries we were taught as kids)!