Phelsuma gigas LIÉNARD, 1842
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Phelsuma gigas?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Rodrigues' Day Gecko|
|Synonym||Phelsuma gigas LIÉNARD 1842|
Gecko newtoni GÜNTHER 1877
Gecko newtoni — BOULENGER 1885: 228
Phelsuma gigas — KLUGE 1993
Phelsuma gigas — RÖSLER 2000: 102
Phelsuma gigas — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 113
|Distribution||Mascarene Islands: Mauritius (Rodrigues)|
Type locality: Frégate Island near Rodriguez, Mascarene Islands, 19° 55’ S, 61° 30’ E.
|Types||Type: BMNH 1965.96 (and possibly additional specimens).|
|Comment||Conservation: Seems to be extinct now (AUSTIN et al. 2004.).|
Behavior: Secondarily nocturnal “day” gecko with a vertically elliptical pupil.
P. gigas is formally reported only in brief descriptions of its external features (LIÉNARD 1842) and of 12 subfossil bones representing only five skeletal elements (Günther, 1879).
Taxonomy: BOULENGER 188 expresses doubt that the generic assignment of Gecko newtoni is correct, based on skeletal features, but even at his time there were also only bones known.