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Lygodactylus roavolana PUENTE, GLAW, VIEITES & VENCES, 2009

IUCN Red List - Lygodactylus roavolana - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymLygodactylus roavolana PUENTE, GLAW, VIEITES & VENCES 2009
Lygodactylus roavolana — RÖLL et al. 2010 

Type locality: Manantantely (approximately 46°55'E, 24°59'S, close to sea level), southeastern Madagascar.  
TypesHolotype: ZSM 5115/2005 (field number FGZC 2324), adult male, collected on 3 February 2005 by P. Bora, F. Glaw & M. Vences. No paratypes. 
CommentHabitat and distribution: The holotype was collected in the late afternoon, active on a tree trunk in disturbed low-altitude rainforest, ca. 1 m above the ground. This species has apparently not been detected during previous surveys in the nearby Andohahela reserve (Andreone & Randriamahazo 1997, Nussbaum et al. 1999). However, the species has more recently been recorded from this reserve (Theisinger 2008). 
EtymologyThe name “roavolana” refers to the Malagasy words roa meaning “two” and volana meaning “moon”, and refers to the two extremely conspicuous ocellae of the new species. The name is used as a noun in apposition. 
  • Hofmann, T. 2010. Beobachtungen an Lygodactylus roavolana PUENTE, GLAW, VIEITES & VENCES, 2009 im Südosten Madagaskars. Sauria 32 (1): 59-61 - get paper here
  • PUENTE, MARTA; FRANK GLAW, DAVID R. VIEITES & MIGUEL VENCES 2009. Review of the systematics, morphology and distribution of Malagasy dwarf geckos, genera Lygodactylus and Microscalabotes (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 2103: 1-76 - get paper here
  • Röll, Beate; Heike Pröhl, Klaus-Peter Hoffmann 2010. Multigene phylogenetic analysis of Lygodactylus dwarf geckos (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56 (1): 327-335 - get paper here
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