Phelsuma madagascariensis

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Phelsuma madagascariensis
Madagascar day gecko (Phelsuma madagascariensis madagascariensis)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Phelsuma
P. madagascariensis
Binomial name
Phelsuma madagascariensis
(Gray, 1831)
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Phelsuma madagascariensis is a species of day gecko that lives in Madagascar. It is among the most widespread day geckos and is found in a wide range of habitats.[2] With a length of up to 30.5 centimetres (12.0 in), it is also the largest day gecko in Madagascar.[2] (The highly restricted Round Island day gecko is the only other extant species with a similar maximum length; the extinct Rodrigues giant day gecko was even larger.)


There are several subspecies:

Phelsuma grandis, the Madagascar giant day gecko, was previously considered a subspecies of Phelsuma madagascariensis but has now been elevated to a full species.[3]


  1. ^ Raxworthy, C.J.; Glaw, F.; Vences, M. (2011). "Phelsuma madagascariensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2011: e.T172977A6951710. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-2.RLTS.T172977A6951710.en. Retrieved 9 March 2017.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Glaw, F. and Vences, M. (2007). A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. 3rd edition. ISBN 978-3-929449-03-7
  3. ^ Raxworthy, C.J.; C.M. Ingram; N. Rabibisoa and R.G. Pearson (2007) Applications of Ecological Niche Modeling for Species Delimitation: A Review and Empirical Evaluation Using Day Geckos (Phelsuma) from Madagascar. Systematic Biology 56(6):907-923