Phelsuma lineata

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Phelsuma lineata
Phelsuma Antanosy Andasibe Madagascar.jpg
Phelsuma lineata lineata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Phelsuma
Species: P. lineata
Binomial name
Phelsuma lineata
Gray, 1842

Phelsuma lineata, the lined day gecko, is a species of diurnal gecko native to Madagascar. It has also been introduced to Réunion.[1]

This species as described appears to be a conglomeration of many distinct forms; three of these are currently recognized subspecies (ssp. lineata, ssp. bombetokensis, and ssp. punctulata), but others could be separate taxa that should be elevated to species status as was Phelsuma dorsivittata. Phelsuma lineata is not threatened, but some unknown subspecies might be.[1]

Description[edit]

The lined day gecko has soft, green skin on its back and a distinct black band running down the side of its body, bordered on the lower edge by a light-coloured stripe. It commonly measures between 10 and 14.5 cm in length.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vences, M. 2011. Phelsuma lineata. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Downloaded on 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.arkive.org/lined-day-gecko/phelsuma-lineata/