Lygodactylus mirabilis (PASTEUR, 1962)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lygodactylus mirabilis?
|Higher Taxa||Gekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Synonym||Millotisaurus mirabilis PASTEUR 1962|
Millotisaurus mirabilis — KLUGE 1993
Millotisaurus mirabilis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 285
Millotisaurus mirabilis — RÖSLER 1995: 133
Lygodactylus (Millotisaurus) mirabilis — PASTEUR 1995
Lygodactylus (Millotisaurus) mirabilis — RÖSLER 2000: 93
Lygodactylus mirabilis — RÖLL et al. 2010
Lygodactylus mirabilis — RÖSLER 2018: 12
|Distribution||Madagascar (Mount Tsiafajovona)|
Type locality: Tsiafajavona, Madagascar, 2300 to 2500 m elevation
|Types||Holotype: MNHN-RA 1966.1000; paratypes: NMW 16905 and MNHN-RA 1966.0999|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A small species with an apparently rather short snout, endemic to high elevations on the Ankaratra Massif. Assigned to the L. mirabilis group based on its keeled dorsal scales and clear ocellated/striated polymorphism of the dorsal pattern. It differs from the other three species in the Lygodactylus mirabilis group by the absence of the first finger (present but without claw in L. intermedius and L. montanus, and present with claw in L. blanci). It further differs from L. intermedius by the absence of distinct dark spots on the throat (versus presence).|
|Comment||This species exists in two color variants: one with stripes and one with speckles; both have yellow bellies.|
Habitat. Basic ecological and biological data are given and discussed by Pasteur (1962) and Vences et al. (2002). The species is found only in high elevations of the Ankaratra Massif, an area of harsh and very variable weather conditions, with strong day-night temperature differences (2ºC in the night and more than 20ºC during the day). The species lives in montane grassland with some ericoid bushes, especially in areas with groups of stones or rocks.
Karyotype: see Mezzasalma et al. 2016.
Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||from the Latin adjective mirabilis ("remarkable"): “Je l’ai apellé ... Millotisaurus mirabilis, moins dans le sens de |