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Phelsuma breviceps BOETTGER, 1894

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common NamesG: Kurzkopf-Taggecko 
SynonymPhelsuma breviceps BOETTGER 1894
Phelsuma breviceps — MERTENS 1962: 91
Phelsuma breviceps — KLUGE 1993
Phelsuma breviceps — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 291
Phelsuma breviceps — RÖSLER 2000: 101
Phelsuma breviceps — BERGHOF 2005: 92
Phelsuma breviceps — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 97 

Type locality: Southern tip of Madagascar. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: SMF 9465, male 
CommentPhelsuma breviceps has fragile skin, a probable predator escape mechanism, similar to the condition found in geckos of the genera Ailuronyx and Geckolepis. Member of the Phelsuma mutabilis (phenetic) group (GLAW, VENCES & ZIEGLER 1999). Illustration in Akeret (2003).

Max. length: 110 mm. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “brevis, -e” = short and “-ceps”, a short form of “caput” = head. 
  • Akeret, B. 2003. Planting terrariums. Reptilia (GB) (29): 15-22 - get paper here
  • Akeret, B. 2003. Terrarienbepflanzung. Reptilia (Münster) 8 (40): 22-29 - get paper here
  • Berghof, H.-P. 2005. Taggeckos. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 144 pp. - get paper here
  • Boettger, O. 1894. Diagnosen eines Geckos und eines Chamaeleons aus Süd-Madagascar. Zool. Anz. 17: 137-140. - get paper here
  • Bruse, F. & Trautmann, G. 1996. Phelsuma breviceps BOETTGER, 1894. Sauria 18 Suppl.: 369–372 - get paper here
  • Gardner CJ, Raxworthy CJ, Metcalfe K, Raselimanana AP, Smith RJ, Davies ZG 2015. Comparing Methods for Prioritising Protected Areas for Investment: A Case Study Using Madagascar’s Dry Forest Reptiles. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0132803, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132803 - get paper here
  • Gardner, Charlie and Louise Jasper 2010. New locality records for Phelsuma breviceps and Cryptoblepharus boutonii ssp. from Andavadoaka, southwest Madagascar. Herpetology Notes 3: 233-235 - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Glaw, F. & Rösler, H. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of the day geckos of the genera Phelsuma Gray,1825 and Rhoptropella Hewitt,1937 (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): - get paper here
  • Glaw, F.; Köhler, J. & Vences, M. 2009. A new species of cryptically coloured day gecko (Phelsuma) from the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in western Madagascar. Zootaxa 2195: 61–68 - get paper here
  • Hallmann, G.; Krüger, J. & Trautmann, G. 2008. Faszinierende Taggeckos. Die Gattung Phelsuma. 2. Aufl. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 253 pp. - get paper here
  • Mertens,R. 1962. Die Arten und Unterarten der Geckonengattung Phelsuma. Senckenbergiana biologica 43: 81-127
  • Nopper, J., Lauströer, B., Rödel, M.-O. and Ganzhorn, J. U. 2016. A structurally enriched agricultural landscape maintains high reptile diversity in sub-arid south-western Madagascar. J Appl Ecol., doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12752 - get paper here
  • Raxworthy, C.J. & R.A. Nussbaum 1994. A partial systematic revision of the day geckos, Phelsuma GRAY, of Madagascar (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 112 (3): 321-335.
  • ROCHA, SARA; HERBERT RÖSLER, PHILIP-SEBASTIAN GEHRING, FRANK GLAW, DAVID POSADA, D. JAMES HARRIS & MIGUEL VENCES 2010. Phylogenetic systematics of day geckos, genus Phelsuma, based on molecular and morphological data (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 2429: 1–28 - get paper here
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rösler, Herbert 2001. Zur Rumpfbeschuppung der Gattung Phelsuma GRAY 1825: zoogeographische Aspekte (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Gekkota 3: 47-73
  • Schönecker, P. 2004. Biologie, Pflege und Vermehrung des Kurzkopf-Taggeckos (Phelsuma breviceps BOETTGER 1894). Draco 5 (19): 68-73 - get paper here
  • Schönecker, P. & Schönecker, S. 2010. Phelsumensuche in Madagaskar - empfehlenswerte Ziele für Naturerlebnisse mit Taggeckos. Draco 11 (43): 65-76 - get paper here
  • Trautmann, G. 1994. Phelsuma breviceps BOETTGER, 1894. Sauria 16 (2): 1-2 - get paper here
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