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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPhelsuma ravenala RAXWORTHY, INGRAM, RABIBISOA & PEARSON 2007
Phelsuma ravenala — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 194
Phelsuma ravenala — GLAW & RÖSLER 2015 

Type locality: outskirts of Mananjary Town, 21°12.004’S, 48°21.254’E, 20 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 155718 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium-sized (adults 49 to 61 mm SVL) Phelsuma with slender form, head and body not strongly flattened dorsoventrally. In life, dorsal ground color green with reddish brown spots on body; throat white and lacking dark chevrons. Median dorsal cleft in rostral scale; nostril above first supralabial, not in contact with rostral; smooth (unkeeled) scales on ventral surface of abdomen and tail; dorsolateral scales much larger than dorsal scales, 68 to 76 scales around midbody; males with up to 27 femoral pores; subcaudal scales less than twice as wide as long. Phelsuma ravenala sp. nov. differs from all other Phelsuma species by a combination of subcaudal scales less than twice as wide as long, ventral scales of abdomen smooth, body lacks a prominent black lateral line, SVL < 70 mm, enlarged dorsolateral body scales compared to dorsal granules, 68 to 76 scales around midbody, dorsal coloration green, and throat coloration white without dark chevrons. Phelsuma ravenala sp. nov. is phenetically most similar to P. dubia and P. hielscheri but can be distinguished by the lower number of scales around mid-body (68 to 76 versus 78 to 98), body color (green versus grayish or greenish-blue, Fig. 5i, j), and the lower maximum number of femoral pores (27 versus 30 to 31). It also differs from P. hielscheri, two other similar species P. flavigularis, and P. berghofi by the form of the scales on the ventral surface of the abdomen (smooth vs. keeled). It also differs from P. flavigularis and P. berghofi by color of the throat (white versus yellow) [from RAXWORTHY et al. 2007]. 
Etymologynamed after the primary plant (Ravenala madagascariensis) in the habitat of this species. 
  • 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
  • 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. 2020. Hommage an Murk van Phelsum. Sauria 42 (2): 3-27
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