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Phelsuma abbotti STEJNEGER, 1893

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesPhelsuma abbotti abbotti STEJNEGER 1893
Phelsuma abbotti chekei (BÖRNER & MINUTH 1984)
Phelsuma abbotti sumptio CHEKE 1982 
Common NamesE: Aldabra Day Gecko
G: Seychellen-Taggecko 
SynonymPhelsuma abbotti abbotti (STEJNEGER 1893)
Phelsuma abbotti STEJNEGER 1893: 716
Phelsuma madagascariensis var. abbotti — BOULENGER 1911: 378
Phelsuma abbotti — WERMUTH 1965: 126
Phelsuma abbotti — KLUGE 1993
Phelsuma abbotti — D’CRUZE et al. 2007

Phelsuma abbotti abbotti STEJNEGER, 1893
Phelsuma madagascariensis abbotti — LOVERIDGE 1942: 465
Phelsuma abbotti abbotti — MERTENS 1962: 84
Phelsuma abbotti abbotti — CHEKE 1982: 190
Phelsuma abbotti abbotti — BERGHOF 2005

Phelsuma abbotti chekei (BÖRNER & MINUTH 1984)
Phelsuma chekei BÖRNER & MINUTH 1984
Phelsuma befotakensis BÖRNER & MINUTH 1982 (fide MEIER & BÖHME)
Phelsuma abbotti chekei — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 290
Phelsuma abbotti chekei — BERGHOF 2005
Phelsuma abbotti chekei — SCHÖNECKER & SCHÖNECKER 2010

Phelsuma abbotti sumptio CHEKE 1982
Phelsuma abbotti sumptio — BERGHOF 2005 
DistributionSeychelles, N Madagascar, Aldabra, Nossi Be = Nosy Bé, Nosy Mamoko, Nosy Mitsio, Nosy Sakatia, Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Komba, Assumption-Islands, Amirante Islands.

Type locality: Aldabra.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 20467
Holotype: private collection of AR Börner, BSRC Geck 36 MC [chekei]
Holotype: SMF 60032 fide Cheke 1982, but actually SMF 60082 [sumptio] 
CommentMalagasy subspecies are attributed to P. a. chekei. Phelsuma (abbotti) pulchra has been treated as a synonym of P. sundbergi. Member of the Phelsuma guttata (phenetic) group (GLAW, VENCES & ZIEGLER 1999). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. William Louis Abbott (1860-1936) american naturalist,physician, and collector. 
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