Phelsuma borai GLAW, KÖHLER & VENCES, 2009
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Phelsuma borai?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Phelsuma borai GLAW, KÖHLER & VENCES 2009|
|Distribution||W Madagascar (Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park)|
Type locality: Andafiabe, Beboka River, 18°47'03'' S, 44°46'46'' E, 177 m above sea level, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, western Madagascar.
|Types||Holotype: ZSM 103/2006, adult male, collected on 24 March 2006 by P. Bora, H. Enting, F. Glaw & J. Köhler.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Phelsuma borai sp. nov. is a medium-sized day gecko with greyish-brown ground colouration and without any green or red colours. It differs from most other Phelsuma species by the combination of (1) absence of green and red colours on the dorsal surface in life and (2) a low number of lamellae below the fourth toe (11 in P. borai vs. 12–28 in most other species). It differs from P. pronki which has a smilar low number of lamellae by a very different life-colouration and smaller size (42 vs. 49–50 mm SVL). P. borai shares most characteristics with P. breviceps and P. mutabilis, but differs from both species by a higher number of supralabials (9–10 vs. 6–8), a higher number of internasals (3 vs. 1–2), a distinctly concave groove between the nasals (vs. not concave), a triangular mental scale (vs. mostly bell-shaped mental), and the configuration of the throat scalation (see Fig. 3). Furthermore, it differs from P. mutabilis by the absence of a dark stripe along the infralabials. In addition, P. borai is characterized by a very strong differentiation from all other Phelsuma species in the studied mitochondrial genes (16S rRNA and cytochrome b) and by a substantial divergence in the nuclear (C-mos, Rag-1 and Rag-2) gene fragments.|
|Etymology||Glaw et al. dedicate this new species to their “student, colleague and friend Parfait Bora who captured the holotype and was of invaluable help during several expeditions in Madagascar.”|