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Phelsuma cepediana (MILBERT, 1812)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Bluetail Day Gecko
G: Blauschwanz-Taggecko 
SynonymGecko cepedianus MILBERT 1812: 261 (fide PASTEUR & BOUR 1992)
Gecko cepedianus MERREM 1820: 43 (fide ANGEL 1942)
Phelsuma crepidianus — GRAY 1825: 199 (in error)
Phelsuma ornatum GRAY 1825: 199 (fide MERTENS 1962)
Anoplopus cepedeanus — WAGLER 1830: 142
Platydactylus Cepedianus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 301
Phelsuma trilineatum GRAY 1842
Phelsuma cepedianum — BOULENGER 1885: 211
Phelsuma trilineatum — BOULENGER 1885: 212
Phelsuma cepedianum — ANGEL 1942: 29
Phelsuma cepediana — MERTENS 1962: 92
Phelsuma trilineata — MERTENS 1962: 113
Phelsuma cepediana — WERMUTH 1965: 127
Phelsuma trilineata - RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM 1993
Phelsuma cepediana — KLUGE 1993
Phelsuma cepediana — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 297
Phelsuma cepediana — RÖSLER 2000: 101
Phelsuma cepediana — BERGHOF 2005: 93
Phelsuma cepediana — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 100 
DistributionMascarene Islands: Mauritius; introduced to Rodrigues (fide Glaw, pers. comm.);
Madagascar (introduced at Ivoloina)

Type locality: “Insula Franciae” = Mauritius. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesType: BMNH 1946.8.30.87 (and possibly additional specimens).
Holotype: BMNH 1946.8.26.32 [trilineata] 
CommentDistribution: Only few records from Madagascar which need confirmation.
Phelsuma cepediana may have been introduced to Madagascar from Mauritius.

Authorship: Most authors give the author as MERREM 1820, some as MILBERT 1812 (GLAW, pers. comm.). Member of the Phelsuma modesta (phenetic) group (GLAW, VENCES & ZIEGLER 1999).

Original description: Milbert (1812: 261-262) describes the species only by a short list of characters: “Couleur générale du corps, verte, bleuâtre et très variée; la tête et le dos tachetés de rouge, et des lignes longitudinales sur les côtés”.

Max length: 135 mm

Type species: Phelsuma crepidianus GRAY 1825 is the type species of the genus Phelsuma GRAY 1825: 199. 
EtymologyNamed after French zoologist B. Lacépède. 
References
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Barbour, Thomas 1918. Vertebrata from Madagascar. 2. Amphibia and Reptilia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 61 (14): 479-489. - get paper here
  • Berghof, H.-P. 2005. Taggeckos. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 144 pp. - get paper here
  • Berghof, P. 2014. Phelsumenhaltung im Terrarium. Eine Erfolgsstory? Reptilia (Münster) 19 (105): 18-26
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Budzinski, R.-M. 1997. Homosexuelles Verhalten bei Geckos der Gattung Phelsuma. Sauria 19 (3): 33-34 - get paper here
  • Budzinski, S. & Budzinski, R.M. 2010. Taggeckos der Insel Mauritius. Draco 11 (43): 45-52 - get paper here
  • Cuvier, G. 1817. Le règne animal distribué d’après son organisation, pour servir de base a l’historire naturelle des animaux et d’introduction a l’anatomie comparée. Vol. 2. Les reptiles, les poissons, les mollusques et les annélides. Déterville, Paris - get paper here
  • Duméril, A.M. C. and G. Bibron. 1836. Erpetologie Générale ou Histoire Naturelle Complete des Reptiles. Vol. 3. Libr. Encyclopédique Roret, Paris, 528 pp. - 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.; Gehring, P.S.; Köhler, J.; Franzen, M. & Vences, M. 2010. A new dwarf species of day gecko, genus Phelsuma, from the Ankarana pinnacle karst in northern Madagascar. Salamandra 46 (2): 83-92 - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1842. Description of some new species of Reptiles, chiefly from the British Museum collection. Zoological Miscellany 2: 57-59. - get paper here
  • Gray, J.E. 1825. A synopsis of the genera of reptiles and Amphibia, with a description of some new species. Annals of Philosophy, 10:193—217 - get paper here
  • Greckhamer, Alexander 1993. Der Blauschwanztaggecko Phelsuma cepediana Merrem 1817. Jahrbuch für den Terrarianer 1: 5-7
  • Hagey, Travis J.; Nik Cole, Daniel Davidson, Anthony Henricks, Lisa L. Harmon, and Luke J. Harmon 2016. Temporal Variation in Structural Microhabitat Use of Phelsuma Geckos in Mauritius Journal of Herpetology 50 (1): 102-107. - 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
  • Heselhaus, R. 1980. Phelsumen im Terrarium. Herpetofauna 2 (4): 9-10 - get paper here
  • Hoesch, U. 1981. Die Phelsumen auf Mauritius. Sauria 3 (4): 25-27 - get paper here
  • Merrem, B. 1820. Versuch eines Systems der Amphibien I (Tentamen Systematis Amphibiorum). J. C. Kriegeri, Marburg, 191 pp.
  • Mertens, R. 1963. The geckos of the genus Phelsuma on Mauritius and adjacent islands. Mauritius Institute Bulletin, 5:299—305.
  • Mertens,R. 1962. Die Arten und Unterarten der Geckonengattung Phelsuma. Senckenbergiana biologica 43: 81-127
  • Milbert, M.J. 1812. Voyage pittoresque à l’Ile-de-France, au Cap de Bonne-Espérance et à l’Ile de Ténériffe. Tomes I et II, atlas, Nepveu, Paris.
  • Oostveen, H. 1980. Phelsuma’s: steeds kleine wonderen. Lacerta 38 (10-11): 98-101 - get paper here
  • Pasteur, G. & R. Bour 1994. Priorité de Phelsuma cepediana (Milbert, 1812) sur Phelsuma cepediana (Merrem, 1820) dans la designation de l'espèce type du genre Phelsuma Gray (Sauria, Gekkonidae). Bull. Soc. Herp. France 63 (3) [1992]: 1-6 - get paper here
  • PROBST, J-M. 1997. Animaux de La Réunion - guide d’identification des oiseaux, mammifères, reptiles et amphibiens. Edit. Azalées, 168 pp.
  • Pürkel, Oliver 2012. Der Blauschwanz-Taggecko, Phelsuma cepediana. Natur und Tier Verlag, 64 pp. - get paper here
  • Raxworthy C J. NUSSBAUM R A. 1993. A new Madagascan Phelsuma with a review of Phelsuma trilineata and comments on Phelsuma cepediana in Madagascar (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Herpetologica 49 (3): 342-349. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Wagler, Jean G. 1830. Natürliches System der Amphibien, mit vorangehender Classification der Säugetiere und Vögel. Ein Beitrag zur vergleichenden Zoologie. 1.0. Cotta, München, Stuttgart, and Tübingen, 354 pp.
  • Wiemer, R. 1994. Phelsuma cepediana (MERREM, 1820). Sauria 16 Suppl.: 315–318 - get paper here
  • Wohler, Josua. 2013. Unterschiede in der Pupillenform bei einigen Arten der Gattung Phelsuma. Sauria 35 (4): 15-22 - get paper here
 
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