View Full Version : Unidentified from Madagascar

03-15-2009, 01:09 PM
I have a picture here of gecko that I need help identifying. One of my friends is in Madagascar (Lucky) and I asked him to take some pictures of what he could find. He is staying in Tulear.

The first looks like a Paragehyra petiti which is found in that region.

03-15-2009, 06:55 PM
I'm skeptical about anyone just happening upon Paragehyra petiti. The animal in the photograph looks like a Hemidactylus - either mercatorius or an unusually patterned mabouia. Ask him if the the lamellae are arranged in a single row or appear divided in two.

Lamellae are the white-colored scales on the bottom of the toe pad. If it is a Hemidactylus, then it will look like each scale has been cut in two, along the axis of the digit, like the photo below.

If it is Paragehyra, the lamellar scales will not have have such a schism, like this Gekko toe.


03-15-2009, 07:18 PM
What happened to the other one that was posted? Did you find out what specie that one was?

03-15-2009, 08:58 PM
Ok, thanks for the input. They are stationed by the Onlilay river were it just so happens were Paragehyra petiti is suppose to be located. I will ask him to send pictures of the geckos feet if he still has it??? He may have let it go already, HOPEFULLY he hasn't.

"Salzy" We got a positive identification on the other gecko, it is a Phelsuma mutabilis!!! I would have never guessed he would have been so lucky to find one, but he said they are everywhere. I moved it to the Phelsuma section.

Thank you

03-15-2009, 10:02 PM
I would have to agree. It looks like H.mercatorius

03-15-2009, 10:19 PM
definitely a Hemidactylus of some sort. Those toes are unmistakable, even in a blurry picture.

03-27-2009, 04:53 AM
Oh my god, I am overwhelmed...