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Phelsuma edwardnewtoni VINSON & VINSON, 1969

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Rodrigues Blue-dotted day gecko 
SynonymPhelsuma newtoni BOULENGER 1884
Phelsuma newtoni — BOULENGER 1885: 212
Phelsuma newtoni — MERTENS 1962: 110
Phelsuma edwardnewtoni VINSON & VINSON 1969
Phelsuma edwardnewtoni — KLUGE 1993
Phelsuma edwardnewtoni — RÖSLER 2000: 101
Phelsuma edwardnewtoni — BERGHOF 2005: 122
Phelsuma edwardnewtoni — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 109
Phelsuma edwardnewtonii — GLAW & RÖSLER 2015 
DistributionMascarene Islands: Mauritius: Rodrigues Island

Type locality: Rodriguez Island, Mascarenes, 19°55’ S, 61° 30’ E.  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.8.13.44 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentConservation: Probably extinct now (AUSTIN et al. 2004). The last speciment has been collected in 1917. Just six whole, alcohol-preserved specimens of Phelsuma edwardnewtoni exist in museums (AUSTIN et al. 2004).

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymologynamed after E. Newton. 
  • 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
  • Berghof, H.-P. 2005. Taggeckos. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 144 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1884. Note upon a large lizard of the genus Phelsurna, from Rodriguez, sent by Mn. J. C. O’Halloran. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1884: 1-2 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Joseph-Ouni M. 2004. Profiles of extinction #6: Rodrigues Blue-dotted day gecko, Phelsuma edwardnewtonii. Reptilia (GB) (32): 3 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Mertens,R. 1962. Die Arten und Unterarten der Geckonengattung Phelsuma. Senckenbergiana biologica 43: 81-127
  • 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 1993. Description of a female Phelsuma edwardnewtonii Vinson and Vinson, 1969 (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Dactylus 2 (2): 71-75
  • Rösler, Herbert 2001. Zur Rumpfbeschuppung der Gattung Phelsuma GRAY 1825: zoogeographische Aspekte (Sauria: Gekkonidae). Gekkota 3: 47-73
  • Vinson, J., and J. M. Vinson. 1969. The saurian fauna of the Mascarene Islands.nson 1969 Mauritius Institute Bulletin, 6:203-320 [1969]
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