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Phelsuma mutabilis (GRANDIDIER, 1869)

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesThicktail Day Gecko 
SynonymPlatydactylus mutabilis GRANDIDIER 1869
Phelsuma androyense MOCQUARD 1901 (fide LOVERIDGE 1942)
Phelsumia micropholis BOETTGER 1913 (fide LOVERIDGE 1942)
Phelsuma mutabilis — MERTENS 1962: 109
Phelsuma mutabilis — WERMUTH 1965: 131
Phelsuma mutabilis — KLUGE 1993
Phelsuma mutabilis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 291
Phelsuma mutabilis — RÖSLER 2000: 103
Phelsuma mutabilis — BERGHOF 2005: 102
Phelsuma mutabilis — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 170 
DistributionW Madagascar (around Tuléar)

Type locality: Fiérin and Ménabé (= Menaba); restricted to Ménabé, W Madagascar by MERTENS 1962.

micropholis: Type locality: Menabe, W Madagascar; Holotype: SMF  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN 95-150; 95-152, 95-154 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy: MERTENS 1962: 109.

Member of the Phelsuma mutabilis (phenetic) group (GLAW, VENCES & ZIEGLER 1999).

Max length: 110 mm. 
Etymologynamed after its ability to change its color (Latin “mutare” = change). 
References
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  • Benjamin Taylor and Charlie Gardner. 2014. Nectar feeding by the day gecko Phelsuma mutabilis (Squamata: Gekkonidae) on the mangrove tree Sonneratia alba (Lythraceae) in southwest Madagascar. Herpetology Notes 7: 85-87 - get paper here
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