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Uroplatus sikorae BOETTGER, 1913

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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Southern Flat-tail Gecko, mossy leaf-tail gecko 
SynonymUroplatus sikorae sikorae BOETTGER 1913
Uroplates sikorae BOETTGER 1913
Uroplatus fimbriatus sikorae — MERTENS 1933: 266
Uroplatus fimbriatus sikorae — WERMUTH 1965: 187
Uroplatus sikorae — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 271
Uroplatus sikorae — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 55
Uroplatus sikorae — RÖSLER 2018: 11 
DistributionS/E Madagascar

Type locality: “Hochplateau bei Andrangoloaka, südöstlich von Antananarivo”.  
TypesHolotype: SMF 9632 
CommentIllustration: The photo on may be in fact U. phantasticus or some other member of the U. ebenaui group.

Subspecies: Uroplatus sikorae sameiti BÖHME & IBISCH, 1990 has been elevated to full species status. Morphologically, 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 Franz Sikora (1863-1902), an Austrian explorer and collector who was based in Reunion and collected in Madagascar for seven years (1890s). 
  • Andreone F., Randrianirina J., Jenkins P.D. & Aprea G. 2000. Species diversity of Amphibia, Reptilia and Lipotyphla (Mammalia) at Ambolokopatrika, a rainforest between the Anjanaharibe-Sud and Marojejy massifs, NE Madagascar. Biodiversity and Conservation 9: 1587–1622 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A. M. and A. P. Russell 1989. A systematic review of the genus Uroplatus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) with notes on its biology. Journal of Natural History 23:169-203 - 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
  • Boettger, O. 1913. Reptilien und Amphibien von Madagascar, den Inseln und dem Festland Ostafrikas. Pp. 269-375. In: Voeltzkow, A. Reise in Ostafrika in den Jahren 1903-1905. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse. Vol. 3. Systematische Arbeiten. Schweizerbart’ sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Nägele und Sproesser, Stuttgart - get paper here
  • Böhme, W., and P. Ibisch. 1990. Studien an Uroplatus. l. Der Uroplatus fimbriatus-Komplex. Salamandra 26: 246-259 - get paper here
  • D’Cruze, N.; Köhler, J.; Franzen, M & Glaw, F. 2008. A conservation assessment of the amphibians and reptiles of the Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, north Madagascar. MADAGASCAR CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT 3 (1): 44-54 - 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. 2013. Erfahrungen in der Haltung und Nachzucht des Flechtenplattschwanzgeckos (Uroplatus sikorae BOETTGER 1913). Draco 13 (52): 54-64 - get paper here
  • Gehring, P.S. & Kubik, A.L. 2005. Herpetologische Beobachtungen aus Madagaskar. Elaphe 13 (3): 60-66
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  • 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]
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  • Kearney, Michael and Nicole Kearney 2002. Geckos of the Promised Land: A Magical Month in Madagascar. Gekko 2 (2): 21-28
  • Krüger, Jens 1999. Neue Erkenntnisse zur Faunistik einiger Reptilien Madagaskars. Salamandra 35 (2): 65-76 - get paper here
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  • Mertens, R. 1933. Die Reptilien der Madagaskar-Expedition Prof. Dr. H. Bluntschlis. Senckenbergiana biologica 15: 260-274.
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  • Rösler, H. 2018. Haftbar -- Die einzigartige Welt der Geckos. Begleitheft zur Ausstellung im Naturkundemuseum Erfurt Mai-Aug 2018, 96 pp.
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  • Van Beest, Piet 2004. Herpetologische waarnemingen op Madagaskar, aprol 2001 deel 4: het Noorden. Lacerta 62 (6): 226-255 - get paper here
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