View Full Version : An interesting species from Madagascar

02-19-2006, 12:16 PM
During my last trip to Madagascar i found several specimens of Ebenavia inunguis on the small island Nosy Boraha (East coast). They live on Pandanus plants, under bark and leaf litter, sometimes just a few meters away from the indian ocean. They even occur in houses. While sitting on a hotel toilet, i saw a Hemidactylus with an Ebenavia between his jaws. The Hemidactylus (some 15 cm TL) tried to swallow the smaller (7 cm TL) Ebenavia, but wasn't successful. Wish i had taken a photo of that struggle.
Heres a pic of an adult specimen i saw in a secondary forest

02-19-2006, 12:26 PM
very cool little geckos. Were they present on the mainland as well?

02-19-2006, 12:56 PM
They should be present there. But i was not in search of them on the mainland, so i found none

02-19-2006, 02:16 PM
exellent pic

02-19-2006, 05:25 PM
wow very neat looking, thanks for the pic.

02-19-2006, 05:28 PM
While sitting on a hotel toilet, i saw a Hemidactylus with an Ebenavia between his jaws.

who needs reading material!
Great picture, thanks for the info & pic

02-19-2006, 06:24 PM
Oddly enough I was just looking up information on this gecko earlier today.. Very striking, thanks for sharing.


Jan Grathwohl
02-20-2006, 03:23 AM
Does anybody keeps these at the moment? I know they have been kept before, but don't know anybody keeping them at the moment.

02-20-2006, 03:52 AM
Hi Jan,

I know two guys in Europe who are keeping them, pm is on the way :wink:


02-21-2006, 10:26 AM
very cool geckos, and something i've always wanted. some authors conclude they form a clade with Paroedura and Uroplatus.

the moof
02-24-2006, 05:39 PM
I too was recently in madagascar, and was gifted enough to find one of these beautiful geckos up in an orchid leaf, curled up from the light of the day and heat.


this is only one of the pictures. photobucket is spazzing on me, so i will try and get the others up tomorrow.

kind regards,
*the moof*

02-25-2006, 04:25 AM
that one looks beautiful. where did you find it?

the moof
02-25-2006, 05:05 AM
It was in a park called Eulophelia, near perinet i think. Fantastic colouring. It makes me wonder if the picture you took was near albino...seems so much more see-thru and whitish...

*the moof*

02-25-2006, 11:50 AM
Eulophelia? never heard. Was it a private park? i think it is not an abberration. I found a couple of other specimens on Nosy Boraha, they looked similar. Think that because of the wide distribution, populations look different....

the moof
02-25-2006, 11:54 AM
well, it is privately owned (apparently one guy designed, put into opperation, and bought the whole thing), and reallly amazing. within 10 kilometers of perinet i think. it is an orchid park, but it is very near to great forest with indri and everything! really great place to go. i will post a picture when photobucket decides to cooperate...

*the moof*

03-01-2006, 10:37 AM
Is it the Orchid park on the other side of the entry of Analamazotra? I found them there too, but the most of them on Nosy Mangabe an in the "Le Daupin" hotel in Fort Dauphin.
Nice pictures.


the moof
03-01-2006, 01:57 PM
yea, the orchid park! soooo cool. i found some awesome zonosaurs and froggies there too, as well as phelsuma lineata everywhere!

*the moof*