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Uroplatus malama NUSSBAUM & RAXWORTHY, 1995

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymUroplatus malama NUSSBAUM & RAXWORTHY 1995
Uroplatus malama — RATSOAVINA et al. 2011 
DistributionS Madagascar (Anosy Mountains)

Type locality: Ampamakiesiny, SE Madagascar  
TypesHolotype: UMMZ 196970 
DiagnosisUroplatus malama is a small, short-headed, and short-snouted species with a laterally compressed body. It lacks membranous fringes on the lower jaw, neck, body, and limbs. It is most similar to Uroplatus ebenaui, fro m which it differs in scalation, coloration, and structure of the hemipenis. This taxon differs from all the other species by lacking dermal spines on the head, body, limbs and tail base. 
  • Andreone, F. & Randrianirina, J.E. 2007. The amphibians and reptiles of Kalambatritra, a little-known rainforest of south-easter n Madagascar. Boll. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino 14 (1): 179-190
  • Gehring, Phillip-Sebastian 2020. Leaf-tailed Geckos – The Complete Uroplatus. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 383 pp., ISBN: 978-3-89973-349-5 [review in HR 53 (1): 171]
  • Nussbaum, R. A. and C. RAXWORTHY 1995. New Uroplatus DUMÉRIL (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) of the ebenaui-group from the Anosy Mountains of southern Madagascar. Copeia 1995 (1): 118-124 - get paper here
  • Ratsoavina, F. M., N. R. Raminosoa, E. E. Louis Jr., A. P. Raselimanana, F. Glaw & M. Vences 2013. An overview of Madagascar’s leaf tailed geckos (genus Uroplatus): species boundaries, candidate species and review of geographical distribution based on molecular data. Salamandra 49 (3): 115-148 - get paper here
  • RATSOAVINA, FANOMEZANA MIHAJA; EDWARD E. LOUIS JR., ANGELICA CROTTINI, ROGER-DANIEL RANDRIANIAINA, FRANK GLAW & MIGUEL VENCES 2011. A new leaf tailed gecko species from northern Madagascar with a preliminary assessment of molecular and morphological variability in the Uroplatus ebenaui group. Zootaxa 3022: 39–57
  • Ratsoavina, Fanomezana Mihaja; Miguel Vences & Edward E. Louis Jr. 2012. Phylogeny and phylogeography of the Malagasy leaf-tailed geckos in the Uroplatus ebenaui group. African Journal of Herpetology 61 (2): 143-158 - get paper here
  • Schönecker, P. 2006. Plattschwanzgeckos (Uroplatus). Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 64 pp. - get paper here
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