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Phelsuma robertmertensi MEIER, 1980

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Mertens' Day Gecko 
SynonymPhelsuma robertmertensi MEIER 1980
Phelsuma robertmertensi — KLUGE 1993
Phelsuma robertmertensi — RÖSLER 2000: 103
Phelsuma robertmertensi — BERGHOF 2005: 106
Phelsuma robertmertensi — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 196
Phelsuma robertmertensi — GLAW & RÖSLER 2015 
DistributionComoro Islands (Mayotte)

Type locality: “Komoren”, Ivambeni, Mayotte, according to the ZFMK catalogue.  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 29899, male; Paratypes: ZSM 191/2006 (originally ZFMK 40067) 
CommentMeier (1981) also provides a classification of (other) day geckoes based on their preferred habitat.

Max. length: 110 mm. 
EtymologyNamed after Robert Mertens (1894-1975), Russian-born herpetologist who worked most of his life at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. 
  • 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
  • Augros, Stephane; Pierre-Yves Fabulet & Oliver Hawlitschek 2017. First report of the co-existence of the three endemic Phelsuma species of Mayotte Island (Indian Ocean) in anthropogenic habitats. Herpetological Bulletin (140): - get paper here
  • 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, H.P. 2010. Die Taggeckos der Gattung Phelsuma von der Komoreninsel Mayotte. Draco 11 (43): 60-64 - get paper here
  • Berghof, P. 2014. Phelsumenhaltung im Terrarium. Eine Erfolgsstory? Reptilia (Münster) 19 (105): 18-26
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Bruse, F. & Werning, H. 2004. Futtertiere selber züchten - ein Problem? Reptilia (Münster) 9 (49): 20-26 - get paper here
  • Bruse, F. & WErning, H. 2005. Invertebrate Prey for Terrarium Animals. Reptilia (GB) (38):10-16 - get paper here
  • Budzinski,R.M. 2001. Bemerkungen zur Verbreitung von Phelsuma robertmertensi MEIER 1980, auf Mayotte. Sauria 23 (2): 3-6 - get paper here
  • 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, 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
  • Krause, P. 2010. Sonnenplätze auf Mangroven Biotope von Phelsuma robertmertensi Meier, 1980 auf der Komoreninsel Mayotte. Reptilia (Münster) 15 (85): 73-77 - get paper here
  • Meier H 1980. Zur Taxonomie und Okologie der Gattung Phelsuma (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae) auf den Komoren, mit Beschreibung einer neuen Art. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 31 (3-4): 323-332 - get paper here
  • Meier,H. 1981. Phelsuma robertmertensi, ein neuer Taggecko. Herpetofauna 3 (11): 6-8 - get paper here
  • Naumburg, M. 2005. Phelsuma robertmertensi MEIER. Sauria (Suppl.) 27 (3): 667-672 - 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
  • 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
  • Woolrich-Piña, G. A., E. García-Padilla, D. L. DeSantis, J. D. Johnson, V. Mata-Silva, and L. D. Wilson 2017. The herpetofauna of Puebla, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(4): 791–884 - get paper here
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