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Phelsuma vanheygeni LERNER, 2004

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymPhelsuma vanheygeni LERNER 2004
Phelsuma vanheygeni — BERGHOF 2005: 119
Phelsuma vanheygeni — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 214
Phelsuma vanheygeni — GLAW & RÖSLER 2015 
DistributionMadagascar (Ampasindava peninsula)

Type locality: “near the village of Kongony, S 13° 39' 45.7", E 48°04'23.7", 50 m elevation, Ampasindava peninsula, Ambanja Fivondronana, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar.  
TypesHolotype: RMCA (= MRAC) 2004-34-R-1 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small, somewhat slender Phelsuma GRAY 1825 with a total length of 75-80 mm (snout-vent length 31-35 mm), head, body and tail are rather flattened. In life, the dorsal coloration, including the head, neck, limbs and tail, is vivid green. Some small red dots irregularly positioned on the lower back and upper tail, usually slightly bigger red dots in males. The green dorsal coloration is bordered by a yellowish stripe, beginning at the rostral scale, over the supralabialia, under the ear opening, widening at the axilla, towards the groin. The ventral coloration is dirty white, the subcaudal scales have at the tips a brown to black pigmentation. Ventral and subcaudal scales are smooth (not keeled). 
EtymologyNamed after the collector, Emmanuel van Heygen. 
  • 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. 2014. Pflege und Vermehrung von Phelsuma pronki Seipp, 1994 und Phelsuma vanheygeni Lerner, 2004. Reptilia (Münster) 19 (105): 38-43
  • 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
  • Heygen, E.v. 2004. The genus Phelsuma GRAY, 1825 on the Ampasindava peninsula, Madagascar. Phelsuma 12: 99-117
  • Lerner, A. 2004. A new taxonomically isolated species of the genus Phelsuma GRAY, 1825 from the Ampasindava peninsula, Madagascar. Phelsuma 12: 91-98
  • 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
  • Wohler, Josua. 2013. Unterschiede in der Pupillenform bei einigen Arten der Gattung Phelsuma. Sauria 35 (4): 15-22 - get paper here
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