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Phelsuma comorensis BOETTGER, 1913

IUCN Red List - Phelsuma comorensis - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Common Names 
SynonymPhelsuma laticauda var. comorensis BOETTGER 1913
Phelsuma dubia comorensis — LOVERIDGE 1942: 463
Phelsuma dubia comorensis — MERTENS 1962: 94
Phelsuma dubia comorensis — WERMUTH 1965: 128
Phelsuma comorensis — KLUGE 1993
Phelsuma comorensis — RÖSLER 2000: 101
Phelsuma comorensis — BERGHOF 2005: 70
Phelsuma comorensis — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 104 
DistributionComoro Islands (Grande Comore)

Type locality: La Grille, Grande Comore, elevation 1000 m.  
TypesLectotype: SMF 5949, male. Paralectotypes: SMF, ZMB, MCZ 21953 
CommentElevation: Phelsuma comorensis is restricted to elevations of greater than 150 m above sea level on the northern of the island's two volcanoes and is the only Phelsuma above 300 m. 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
  • Augros, S., M. D. Scherz, C. Y. Wang-Claypool, L. Montfort, F. Glaw & O. Hawlitschek 2018. Comparative perch heights and habitat plant usage of day geckos (Phelsuma) in the Comoros Archipelago (Squamata: Gekkonidae) Salamandra 54 (1): 71-74 - get paper here
  • Berghof, H.-P. 2005. Taggeckos. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 144 pp. - get paper here
  • Boettger, O. 1913. Reptilien und Amphibien von Madagascar, den Inseln und dem Festland Ostafrikas. Pp. 269-375. In: Voeltzkow, A. Reise in Ostafrika in den Jahren 1903-1905. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse. Vol. 3. Systematische Arbeiten. Schweizerbart’ sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Nägele und Sproesser, Stuttgart
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Carretero, M.A.; Harris, J.D. & Rocha, S. 2005. Recent observation of reptiles in the Comoro islands (Western Indian Ocean). Herpetological Bulletin (91): 19-28
  • Gehring, Philip-Sebastian; Frank Glaw, Marcelo Gehara, Fanomezana Mihaja Ratsoavina, Miguel Vences 2013. Northern origin and diversification in the central lowlands? – Complex phylogeography and taxonomy of widespread day geckos (Phelsuma) from Madagascar. Organisms Diversity & Evolution DOI:<br />10.1007/s13127-013-0143-5 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Greckhamer, A. 1995. Bemerkungen zur Haltung und Zucht sowie zum Verhalten von Phelsuma comorensis Boettger, 1913 im Terrarium. Herpetofauna 17 (95): 06-16 - 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
  • Hawlitschek, O., Brückmann, B. and Glaw, F. 2017. Causal or spurious relationship? Climate and the distribution of Phelsuma geckos on Grand Comoro Island. Afr. J. Ecol.. doi:10.1111/aje.12380 - get paper here
  • Hawlitschek, Oliver; Boris Brückmann, Johannes Berger, Katie Green, Frank Glaw 2011. Integrating field surveys and remote sensing data to study distribution, habitat use and conservation status of the herpetofauna of the Comoro Islands. ZooKeys 144: 21-79 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2013. 100 Jahre Madagaskar-Forschung. Oscar Boettger und die Reisen des Alfred Voeltzkow. Terraria-Elaphe 2013 (5): 91-95 - get paper here
  • Loveridge,A.R. 1942. Revision of the Afro-Oriental geckos of the genus Phelsuma. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 89: 439-482 - get paper here
  • Meier H 1980. Zur Taxonomie und Okologie der Gattung Phelsuma (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae) auf den Komoren, mit Beschreibung einer neuen Art. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 31 (3-4): 323-332 - get paper here
  • Mertens,R. 1962. Die Arten und Unterarten der Geckonengattung Phelsuma. Senckenbergiana biologica 43: 81-127
  • Rocha, Sara; David Posada, Miguel A. Carretero and D. James Harris 2007. Phylogenetic affinities of Comoroan and East African day geckos (genus Phelsuma): Multiple natural colonisations, introductions and island radiations. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43 (2): 685-692 - 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
  • Rösler, Herbert 2001. Zur Rumpfbeschuppung der Gattung Phelsuma GRAY 1825: zoogeographische Aspekte (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Gekkota 3: 47-73
  • Sound, Peter; Joachim Kosuch; Miguel Vences; Alfred Seitz and Michael Veith 2006. Preliminary molecular relationships of Comoran day geckos (Phelsuma). Herpetologica Bonnensis II: 175-179 - get paper here
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