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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 Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN 95-150; 95-152, 95-154 
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
  • Austin, J.J.; E. N. Arnold and C. G. Jones 2004. Reconstructing an island radiation using ancient and recent DNA: the extinct and living day geckos (Phelsuma) of the Mascarene islands. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31 (1): 109-122 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • BORA, PARFAIT; J. CHRISTIAN RANDRIANANTOANDRO, ROMA RANDRIANAVELONA, ELISOA F. HANTALALAINA, RAPHALI R. ANDRIANTSIMANARILAFY,<br />DANIEL RAKOTONDRAVONY, OLGA R. RAMILIJAONA, MIGUEL VENCES,<br />RICHARD K. B. JENKINS, FRANK GLAW, AND JÖRN KÖHLER 2009. AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF THE TSINGY DE BEMARAHA PLATEAU, WESTERN MADAGASCAR: CHECKLIST, BIOGEOGRAPHY AND CONSERVATION. Herp. Cons. Biol. 5 (1):111-125.
  • D'Cruze, Neil; Annette Olsonn, David Henson, Sunil Kumar, and David Emmett. 2009. The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Lower Onilahy River Valley, a Temporary Protected Area in Southwest Madagascar. Herp. Cons. Biol. 4: 62-79 - get paper here
  • Gehring, P.S. & Glaw, F. 2010. Bunte Vielfalt in modernem Licht: Taggeckos der Gattung Phelsuma. Draco 11 (43): 4-21
  • 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
  • Grandidier, A. 1869. Descriptions de quelques animaux nouveaux découverts, pendant l'année 1869, sur la côte ouest de Madagascar. Revue et Magazine de Zooogie (Paris), Sér. 2, 21: 337-342
  • Hallmann, G.; Krüger, J. & Trautmann, G. 2008. Faszinierende Taggeckos. Die Gattung Phelsuma. 2. Aufl. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 253 pp. - get paper here
  • Hoesch, U. 1982. Die Phelsumen Süd - und Ost - Madagaskars. Sauria 4 (3): 13-17 - 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. 1982. Ergebnisse zur Taxonomie und Ökologie einiger Arten und Unterarten der Gattung Phelsuma auf Madagaskar, gesammelt in den Jahren 1972 bis 1981, mit Beschreibung einer neuen Form (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Salamandra 18 (3-4): 168—190 - get paper here
  • Mertens,R. 1962. Die Arten und Unterarten der Geckonengattung Phelsuma. Senckenbergiana biologica 43: 81-127
  • Mocquard,F. 1901. Note préliminaire sur une collection de reptiles et de batraciens recueillis par M. Alluaud dans le sud de Madagascar. Bull. Mus. nation. Hist. nat., Paris, 7: 251-256 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Pejak, J. 2011. Madagaskar 2011: Auf der Suche - nicht nur nach Phelsuma gouldi. Der Taggecko 76: 4-9
  • Rakotoarison, Andolalao; Jesse Erens, Fanomezana M. Ratsoavina, Miguel Vences 2015. Amphibian and reptile records from around the Betsiboka delta area in North-Western Madagascar Herpetology Notes 8: 535-543 - 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
  • Schönecker, P. & Schönecker, S. 2010. Phelsumensuche in Madagaskar - empfehlenswerte Ziele für Naturerlebnisse mit Taggeckos. Draco 11 (43): 65-76 - get paper here
  • Trautmann, G. 1993. Phelsuma mutabilis (GRANDIDIER, 1869). Sauria 15 Suppl.: 277–278 - 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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