Morph Guide

This is a Morph guide we made for people who want to know how a certain Correlophus ciliatus morph "should" look like.
We used the book "Rhacodactylus: The Complete Guide to their Selection and Care" van Allen Repashy, Phillipe de Vosjoli and Frank Fast to make this guide.
This book was the first book to describe moprhs in a clear way.
Crested gecko genetics are still unpredictable. You can never say for 100% sure what will hatch out of the eggs, you can only guess.
We have put our own ideas into this guide, of how we see it.
It must be clear that this aren't "rules" only a guideline in determinating morphs.
The line between two moprhs can be vague and for that reason there will always be an amount of discussion about some morphs.

Fired up/Fired down

This is a term used for how a geckos changes in color, at least with New- Caledonian geckos.
Fired-down is the color they have when resting, which is pale and with less contrast.
When a geckos wants to mate, hunt, or after misting they will reach their Fired-up phase.
The contrast will be higher and colors will be more bright, they go through a real metamorphosis.
When a gecko is Fired-down, you have to have some experience to get an idea of how the gecko can look like when fired up.
Which can mean that that dull looking gecko at the show, can be a real stunner when fired up.

The morphs described in this guide are fired up, unless told otherwise.

Here is an example of the same gecko:



This is a picture to show how certain parts of a gecko are called. You can use this picture to see of what part we are talking about.



Patternles geckos have a uniform color on their whole body.
This gecko can be seen in multiple colors like Buckskin, olive, yellow, red, etc.
Some can show certain trait like "white fringe, "white lined lips" and even some dalmation spots.
The most commonly seen patternless is a red, which can vary between bright red and brick red. How "cleaner" the gecko, how nicer it is


Bicolors are patternless geckos, except for the fact that they are not really one color. The dorsale part of the back is of a different shade than the rest of the body.
In this morph red is also the most seen color.


A "Tiger" morph ciliatushas got a light base color, with dark stripes over the entire body, just like a tiger. The whole body of the geckos has got the same base color, with the exception of the stripes.
The "Brindle" is a Tiger with a wider pattern, the body color versus the color of the stripes is about 50/50.


The Dalmatian is a easy recognizable morph, cause the gecko has got spots on it's body. This morph often is seem with another type of morph.
You can have Bi-colored Dalmatians or a Patternless Dalamatian.
Most ciliatus have a few spots but, 2 or 3 isn't enough to make it a dalmantian. This is also a point of discussion, sicne the owner/breeder decides how to call it himself. We think a gecko is a Dalmatian when it has a lot of spots and not just a few.
There is also a Super-Dalmatian. These geckos have a lot of spots or really big spots on their body.
The line between these two is also vague, some people use the name "super-Dalmatian" for geckos we call Dalmatans.
Most of the time the spots are red, but they can also be red or even green.


This is what we consider a "Super-Dalmatian".

Flame/Fire and Harlequin

The "Flame" is also called Fire, but we always refer to it as a Flame.
This is also a morph where people have a lot of opinions about. We will try to explain when we consider a gecko to be a Flame and when we call it a Harlequin.
A Flame is a lesser form of a Harlequin.
The color of the dorsal part and the head of a Flame can be also seen on the lateral part of the body, which is usually darker in color. The lighter color can shimmmer through the darker parts.
The amount of color on the dorsal part defines if it's a Flame or a Harlequin.
If the color is restricted to the lower dorsal and is not seem on the leggs, it's a flame. If the color is also seem on the legs and the upper-dorsal part of the body, then it's a Harlequin.
If the entire dorsal part of the body is almost entirely filled with the same color as on the dorsal part of the body, we call it a "Extreme-Harlequin". If the lateral side is covered with color for about 85-90%, we will call it an extreme Harlequin, but again, it's a thin line between a Harlequin and a Extreme Harlequin.



Extreme Harlequin


The Pinstripe is one of the most distinctive morphs. You can recognize it on the (most of the time) light colored and enlarged spikes alongside the dorsal part of the body. Going from the head to the tail base.
The amount of Pinstripes is often indicated in a percentage. If the pinstripe runs throughout the whole lenght of the dorsal part it's a "100% (or a Full) Pinstripe". If the gecko misses a small part is often still called a Full Pinstripe, but inducated as a "95-99% (Full) Pinstripe".
If the percentage goes below around 90%, it's called a Partial Pinstripe. Even if the geckos has just a fe enlarged and lighter colored spikes it is called a "Partial Pinner".
Within the pinstripe morph there are a few variation.
The Phantom Pinstripe"" is a pinstripe without any other markings on the body. So no flame or harlequin pattern. Ideally the Pinstripe itself should be white. But it can still be a phantom Pinstripe when the spikes are the same color as the rest of the body.
The "Reverse-pinstripe" looks a lot like a normal Pinstripe or a Phantom Pinstripe, But has got a dark stripe on the lateral part of the body, which runs alongside the pinstripe. This line strengthenes the pinstripe even more.
The "Quad-pinstripe" Is also a normal Pistripe but, as an extra this one has not an extra lateral stripe along the sides of the body, between the upper and lower lateral part. This is a recently developed morph.

Partial Pinstripe.

90-95% Pinstripe

100% Pinstripe

Phantom Pinstripe

Reverse Pinstripe

Other Morphs and traits.


This is an Orange gecko with a cream/light yellow pattern on the head and dorsal and lateral part.
It's a Flame/Harley morph. It is called after the "Creamsicle" icecream, because of the color.
Nowadays a lot of people offer red animals as Creamsicle, but the gecko needs to be orange to be a true Creamsicle.


This is a term used for a very dark colored geckos with a light or cream colored Flame or Harlequin pattern.


This is Harlequin of Flame with a dark body color and a orange or red Harlequin or Flame pattern.


A Tri-Color is a gecko with 3 distinct colors, like black red/orange and white. Traits like White Fringe, Pinstripes or Portholes don't count as the tird color.

Portholes and White Fringe

Portholes is a term to describe the white spots on the lateral part of the gecko. The spots look a bit like portholes on a boat.
White Fringe is a white line that runs alongside the back of the legs of the gecko.

This is a gecko with both of the traits.


The name crowned is used for a geckos with an enlarged headstructure. The spikes on the head are so big that they hang downwards.


This is a popular name "breeders" use to make a lot of money. We have be short about this morph... In our eyes there is no such thing as a moonglow.
The term is used for light colored geckos in a fired down phase, making them look almost white.
But if these geckos are Fired-up they will be buckskin, yellow or even red.
So don't fall for it....

These are the most commonly seen morphs in ciliatus, and in ur eyes the most important ones.
There are a lot of (made-up) morphs nowadays, which we won't describe for now
If there will be more development of new morphs we will adjust this page and add them to it.