Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni

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Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Infraorder: Gekkota
Family: Gekkonidae
Subfamily: Gekkoninae
Genus: Phelsuma
Species: P. pusilla
Subspecies: P. pusilla hallmanni
Trinomial name
Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni
Meier, 1989

Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni Meier, 1989 is a diurnal subspecies of geckos. It lives in eastern Madagascar and typically inhabits different trees. This day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.

Etymology[edit]

The subspecific name, hallmanni, is in honor of German herpetologist Gerhard Hallmann.[1]

Description[edit]

This lizard belongs to the smallest day geckos. It can reach a total length of about 9 cm. The body colour is dark green. On the back there are red dots present. On the snout, a blue triangle is present, which is bordered from behind by a red bar. On the neck and back of the head bluish speckles are present. The tail is turquoise. The flanks are brown or black. The ventral side is white.

Geographic range[edit]

This subspecies inhabits the east coast of Madagascar. It is only known from the region around Andasibe.

Habitat[edit]

Phelsuma pusilla pusilla lives in a moist and warm climate. It inhabits different trees and can often be found on trees on the edge of forest along the road.

Diet[edit]

These day geckos feed on various insects and other invertebrates. They also like to lick soft, sweet fruit, pollen and nectar.

Behaviour[edit]

These geckos are quite quarrelsome and do not accept other males. In captivity, where the females cannot escape, the males can also sometimes seriously wound a female. In this case the male and female must be separated.

Reproduction[edit]

The pairing season is between October and the first weeks of May.

Care and maintenance in captivity[edit]

These animals should be housed in pairs and need a well planted terrarium. The temperature should be about 28 °C (locally around 30 °C) during the day and drop to around 20 °C at night. The humidity should be maintained between 75 and 80% during the day. It is also important to include two colder months with a daytime temperature of 24 °C and 16 °C at night. In captivity, these animals can be fed with crickets, wax moth larvae, fruit flies, mealworms and houseflies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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 pusilla hallmanni, p. 114).

Further reading[edit]

  • Henkel, F.-W., and W. Schmidt (1995). Amphibien und Reptilien Madagaskars, der Maskarenen, Seychellen und Komoren. Stuttgart: Ulmer. ISBN 3-8001-7323-9.
  • McKeown, Sean (1993). The general care and maintenance of day geckos. Lakeside, California: Advanced Vivarium Systems.
  • Meier, H. (1989). "Eine neue Form aus der lineata-gruppe der Gattung Phelsuma auf Madagaskar ". Salamandra 25 (3/4): 230-236. (Phelsuma pusilla hallmani, new subspecies). (in German).