Phelsuma parkeri

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Phelsuma parkeri
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Phelsuma
Species: P. parkeri
Binomial name
Phelsuma parkeri
Loveridge, 1941
Synonyms[1]
  • Phelsuma madagascariensis parkeri
    Loveridge, 1941
  • Phelsuma parkeri
    Mertens, 1963
  • Phelsuma abbottii parkeri
    Broadley & Howell, 1991
  • Phelsuma parkeri
    Kluge, 1993

Phelsuma parkeri, commonly known as Parker's day gecko or the Pemba Island day gecko, is a diurnal species of gecko. The species lives on Pemba Island, Tanzania, and typically inhabits banana trees and dwellings. The Pemba Island day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.

Etymology[edit]

Both the specific name, parkeri, and one of the common names, Parker's day gecko, are in honor of English herpetologist Hampton Wildman Parker.[2]

Description[edit]

Parker's day gecko is a slender lizard and a mid-size day gecko. It can reach a total length (including tail) of about 16 cm (6.3 in). The body colour is bright green. A faint red stripe extends from the nostril to the eye. On the back and limbs tiny black spots and speckles are present. This species has yellow eye rings. The ventral side is white.

Distribution[edit]

The Pemba Island day gecko is found only on 1,340-square-kilometre (517-square-mile) Pemba Island, which has a few much smaller islands around its coast, and which is 50 km (31 mi) from the Tanzanian mainland.

Habitat[edit]

Phelsuma parkeri is often found on different large trees such as banana trees and palms. This species also lives near or on human dwellings.

Diet[edit]

Parker's day gecko feeds on various insects and other invertebrates. It also licks soft, sweet fruit, pollen and nectar.

Behaviour[edit]

The Pemba Island day gecko is quite shy and stays so, even in captivity.

Reproduction[edit]

The females of P. parkeri are colony nesters and many eggs can be found at one location. The neonates measure about 28 mm (1.1 in).

Care and maintenance in captivity[edit]

Parker's day geckos should be housed in pairs. They need a large, well planted terrarium. The temperature should be about 28 °C (82 °F) during the day. The humidity should be maintained around 65–75% during the day and slightly higher at night. In captivity, these animals can be fed with crickets, wax moth larvae, fruit flies, mealworms, and houseflies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phelsuma parkeri ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii+ 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Phelsuma parkeri, p. 200).

Further reading[edit]

  • Henkel F-W, Schmidt W (1995). Amphibien und Reptilien Madagaskars, der Maskarenen, Seychellen und Komoren. Stuttgart: Ulmer. ISBN 3-8001-7323-9.
  • Loveridge A (1941). "New Geckos (Phelsuma and Lygodactylus), Snake (Leptotyphlops), and Frog (Phrynobatrachus) from Pemba Island, East Africa". Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 54: 175-178. (Phelsuma madagascariensis parkeri, new subspecies, pp. 175–176).
  • McKeown S (1993). The General Care and Maintenance of Day Geckos. Lakeside, California: Advanced Vivarium Systems.