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Phelsuma v-nigra BOETTGER, 1913

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesPhelsuma v-nigra v-nigra BOETTGER 1913
Phelsuma v-nigra anjouanensis MEIER 1986
Phelsuma v-nigra comoraegrandensis MEIER 1986 
Common NamesIndian Day Gecko 
SynonymPhelsuma v-nigra BOETTGER 1913
Phelsuma v-nigra — MERTENS 1962: 115
Phelsuma v-nigra — KLUGE 1993
Phelsuma nigra — PYRON & BURBRINK 2013

Phelsuma v-nigra v-nigra BOETTGER 1913
Phelsuma v-nigra v-nigra — BERGHOF 2005: 86
Phelsuma v-nigra v-nigra — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 216
Phelsuma v-nigra v-nigra — HAWLITSCHEK et al. 2011

Phelsuma v-nigra anjouanensis MEIER 1986
Phelsuma v-nigra anjouanensis — BERGHOF 2005: 86
Phelsuma v-nigra anjouanensis — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 217
Phelsuma v-nigra anjouanensis — HAWLITSCHEK et al. 2011

Phelsuma v-nigra comoraegrandensis MEIER 1986
Phelsuma v-nigra comoraegrandensis — BERGHOF 2005: 86
Phelsuma v-nigra comoraegrandensis — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 218
Phelsuma v-nigra comoraegrandensis — HAWLITSCHEK et al. 2011 
DistributionComoro Islands (Anjouan, Grande Comore, Mayotte, Moheli)

anjouanensis: Anjouan; Type locality: Pomoni, Anjouan, (Comore Is.).

comoraegrandensis: Grande Comore; Type locality: Nioumadzaha, Grande Comore, 11° 30’ S, 43° 25’ E.

Terra typica restricta: Moheli Island (MERTENS 1922).  
TypesHolotype: SMF 
CommentNomenclature: The hyphen in this name is permitted by article of the code: “If the first element is a Latin letter used to denote descriptively a character of the taxon, it must be retained and connected to the remainder of the name by a hyphen.” 
Etymologynamed after the V-shaped black (Latin “niger”) on its throat. The name is correctly formed according to ICZN Article “If the first element is a Latin letter used to denote descriptively a character of the taxon, it must be retained and connected to the remainder of the name by a hyphen.” 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hofmann, T. 2007. Haltung und Vermehrung des Pasteur-Taggeckos Phelsuma v-nigra pasteuri MEIER 1984 im Terrarium. Sauria 29 (4): 35-42 - 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
  • Meier, H. 1984. Zwei neue Formen der Gattung Phelsuma von den Komoren (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Salamandra 20 (1): 32-38 - get paper here
  • Meier,H. 1986. Der Formenkreis von Phelsuma v-nigra (BOETTGER 1913) (Sauria: Gekkonidae) auf den Komoren: Beschreibung von zwei neuen Unterarten. Salamandra 22 (1): 11-20 - get paper here
  • Meirte,D. 1999. In: Louette,M., La faune terrestre de Mayotte. Annales Sciences Zoologiques, Musée Royal de l’Afrique centrale, Tervuren, Belgique 284: 247 pp.
  • Mertens, R. 1922. Verzeichnis der Typen in der herpetologischen Sammlung des Senckenbergischen Museums. Senckenbergiana 4: 162-183 - get paper here
  • Mertens,R. 1962. Die Arten und Unterarten der Geckonengattung Phelsuma. Senckenbergiana biologica 43: 81-127
  • Pyron, R. Alexander; Frank T. Burbrink 2013. Early origin of viviparity and multiple reversions to oviparity in squamate reptiles. Ecology Letters 17 (1): 13–21 (published online 2013, in print 2014), DOI: 10.1111/ele.12168 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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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