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Uroplatus sameiti BÖHME & IBISCH, 1990

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymUroplatus sikorae sameiti BÖHME & IBISCH 1990: 249
Uroplatus sikorae sameiti — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 271
Uroplatus sameiti — RAXWORTHY et al. 2008
Uroplatus sameiti — PABIJAN et al. 2010
Uroplatus sameiti — GEHRING et al. 2010
Uroplatus sikorae sameiti — BÖHME 2014: 142 
DistributionS/E Madagascar (lowland habitats)

Type locality: Nosy Boraha (Ile Sainte Marie), E Madagascar.  
Reproductionoviparous (manual and phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 46005, male; paratypes: ZFMK, SMF 
CommentMorphologically, U. sikorae and U. sameiti can be distinguished by the absence or presence of dark pigment in the lining of the mouth (present in U. sikorae and absent in U. sameiti).

Distribution: U. sikorae and U. sameiti show a parapatric distribution, with U. sikorae apparently being restricted to moderate altitudes whereas U. sameiti occupies lowland habitats. There is a possible narrow region of sympatry (Raxworthy et al. 2008). 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the types, Joachim Sameit. 
  • Böhme, W., and P. Ibisch. 1990. Studien an Uroplatus. l. Der Uroplatus fimbriatus-Komplex. Salamandra 26: 246-259 - get paper here
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Gehring, P.-S., M. D. Scherz, C. A. Bailey, E. E. Louis, F. M. Ratsoavina, F. Glaw & M. Vences 2023. High diversity of deep mitochondrial lineages meets low morphological distinctiveness – insights into the complex phylogeography of the Malagasy leaf-tailed geckos Uroplatus sikorae and U. sameiti. Salamandra 59 (2): 158-178 - get paper here
  • Gehring, P.S. 2013. Seelenräuber mit Haftlamellen - Madagassische Plattschwanzgeckos der Gattung Uroplatus. Draco 13 (52): 4-17 - get paper here
  • Gehring, P.S. & Kubik, A.L. 2005. Herpetologische Beobachtungen aus Madagaskar. Elaphe 13 (3): 60-66
  • 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]
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Pabijan, M.; Gehring, P.S. & Vences, M. 2010. Biogeographische Bedeutung des Mangoro-Flusses an Madagaskars zentraler Ostküste. Elaphe 18 (3): 6-9
  • Prötzel, D. & J. Forster 2017. Masoala – Ein herpetologischer Reisebericht von den letzten Tieflandregenwäldern Madagaskars. Reptilia (Münster) 22 (127): 72-79 - 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
  • Raxworthy, C.J., Pearson, R.G., Zimkus, B.M., Reddy, S., Deo, A.J., Nussbaum, R.A. & Ingram, C.M. 2008. Continental speciation in the tropics: contrasting biogeographic patterns of divergence in the Uroplatus leaf-tailed gecko radiation of Madagascar. Journal of Zoology 275: 423–440 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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