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Phelsuma hielscheri RÖSLER, 2001

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPhelsuma hielscheri RÖSLER, OBST & SEIPP 2001
Phelsuma hielscheri — BERGHOF 2005: 98
Phelsuma hielscheri — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 129
Phelsuma hielscheri — GLAW & RÖSLER 2015 
DistributionW Madagascar

Type locality: circa 15 km southwest of Morondava  
TypesHolotype: MTD (= MTKD) D34210 
Comment“Phesluma hielscheri sp. n. is a medium sized species (total length more than 160 mm). Because of it´s brilliant coloration it belongs to the "green species" of the genus Phelsuma. The combination of five characters easily distinguishes Phelsuma hielscheri sp. n. from all other species of the genus Phelsuma: total length > 160 mm, nostril not in contact with rostral, ventralia and dorsalia keeled, dark lateral stripe on gular and neck present, and ventral side of the tail light with dark spots.” (from the abstract of RÖSLER, OBST & SEIPP 2001).

Max length: 170 mm (males; females: 150 mm). 
EtymologyNamed after Michael Hielscher, one of the co-discoverers of the new species, who was shot by Malagasy soldiers and died shortly after the gecko was found. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Berghof, H.-P. 2005. Taggeckos. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 144 pp. - get paper here
  • Berghof, Hans-Peter 2001. Neue Angaben zum Verbreitungsgebiet von Phelsuma dubia (BOETTGER 1881) sowie einige Bemerkungen zu Phelsuma hielscheri RÖSLER, OBST & SEIPP 2001. Herpetofauna 23 (133): 11-18 - get paper here
  • Berghof, Hans-Peter 2002. Experiences with the Care and Breeding of Phelsuma hielscheri, a Day Gecko from the Isalo National Park, Madagascar. Gekko 3 (1): 39-42
  • Cocca, W., G. M. Rosa, F. Andreone, G. Aprea, P. E. Bergò, F. Mattioli, V. Mercurio, J. E. Randrianirina, D. Rosado, M. Vences & A. Crottini 2018. The herpetofauna (Amphibia, Crocodylia, Squamata, Testudines) of the Isalo Massif, Southwest Madagascar: combining morphological, molecular and museum data. Salamandra 54 (3): 178-200 plus Supplementary Material - 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
  • Pejak, J. 2011. Madagaskar 2011: Auf der Suche - nicht nur nach Phelsuma gouldi. Der Taggecko 76: 4-9
  • Raxworthy, C. J.; Ingram, Rabibisoa & Pearson 2007. Applications of Ecological Niche Modeling for Species Delimitation: A Review and Empirical Evaluation Using Day Geckos (Phelsuma) from Madagascar. Systematic Biology 56: 907 - 923 - 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., F. J. OBST & R. SEIPP 2001. Eine neue Taggecko-Art von Westmadagaskar: Phelsuma hielscheri sp. n. (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae). Zool. Abh. Mus. Tierkunde. Dresden 51 (6): 51 - 60
  • 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
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