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Uroplatus malahelo NUSSBAUM & RAXWORTHY, 1994

IUCN Red List - Uroplatus malahelo - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymUroplatus malahelo NUSSBAUM & RAXWORTHY 1994
Uroplatus malahelo — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 273 
DistributionS Madagascar  
TypesHolotype: UMMZ 201498 
DiagnosisUroplatus malahelo is characterized by its small size; dorsoventral flattening of the body; absence of lateral membranous fringes on the head, neck, body, limbs, and tail base; short snout; undivided rostral scale; short tail with shallow and regular crenellation along the border; homogeneous dorsal and ventral scalation; and nearly uniform coloration. The new species is most similar to Uroplatus alluaudi, which is known only from the extreme northern rainforests of Madagascar, but it differs from U. alluaudi in having homogeneous dorsal scales (heterogeneous in U. alluaudi), in coloration, and in the structure of the hemipenis. 
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  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
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  • Schönecker, P. 2006. Plattschwanzgeckos (Uroplatus). Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 64 pp. - get paper here
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