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    Cool Phantasticus in Ranomafana


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    I'm in the field right now on the French island of Mayotte, some 300 kilometres off the west coast of Madagascar. I popped over to Madagascar for 12 days to take part in the ACSAM2 conference for the conservation of Madagascar's amphibians. Of course, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to go in search of Uroplatus while I was there, and I was not disappointed! Four U. phantasticus in two nights, just along the road beside the ValBio centre. I was expecting U. sikorae, and not U. phantasticus, so this was a wonderful surprise.





    At present I can only upload photos I took on my phone, so you will have to wait until I am back in Germany for the higher quality photos I took with my DSLR. Dr. Fano Ratsoavina (describer of U. finiavana, who conducted her PhD on the genus Uroplatus) was also there, and we discussed the description of some of the remaining candidate species. There should be a new species from the U. ebenaui complex described soon (within the next year). I may be involved in some of the other upcoming descriptions.

    Anyway, that's all from me for now. I leave you with the mandatory parting selfie:

    Mark D. Scherz, MSc
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    Awesome selfie, Mark!!! You kinda look excited.

    What a cool experience catching four U. phantasticus in two nights! Any U. sikorae?

    We will "try" to be patient for the better photos when you return home. Do you get to contribute a name for any of the remaining candidate species?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    This is great Mark, thanks for sharing.

    Also wondering if you found the U. sikorae?
    We will be visiting Madagascar next year and hope to find as many Uroplatus and chameleon sp. as we can.., and i would love to see Daubentonia madagascariensis too.

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    E. macularius
    H. imbricatus
    C. pubisulcus
    C. ciliatus
    M. chahoua
    R. auriculatus
    B. cyclura
    S. ciliaris
    S. wellingtonae
    S. taenicauda
    S. spinigerus
    S. krisalys
    P. grandis
    P. abbotti chekei
    E. inunguis
    P. masobe
    p. picta
    U. henkeli
    U. lineatus
    U. sikorae
    U. sikorae
    Mt. d'Ambre
    U. phantasticus

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    I tried to reply but the internet here ate it apparently. No sikorae I'm afraid - I only had three nights out whilst in Ranomafana, as we were working hard at the conference, and one of those nights was dedicated to frogs (the conference was about frogs after all). Did get a few nice chameleons, and a beautiful Phisalixella arctifasciata right on the road as well though.

    Afterwards I went with my supervisor (Frank Glaw) to Anja to try to find what we thought would be a new species of Scaphiophryne - but it looks like it is actually just Scaphiophryne calcarata. Genetics will confirm. We also found several individuals of Paragehyra felicitae, which was officially described just a few days before by Angelica Crottini et al. - she was at the conference too and I had the honour of getting to tell her that the publication was out.

    Elizabeth: I will be involved in something maybe from the U. sikorae complex or possibly the U. henkeli complex - not sure yet. No names in mind yet, but I'm sure I'll come up with something.

    Tamara: Sounds like you'll have a good time next year! I look forward to more field photos!

    Best,
    Mark
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    Mark D. Scherz, MSc
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    PhD Candidate: Evolution and Systematics of Madagascar's Herpetofauna
    Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich
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    Mark ~

    Good to hear more about your experiences. Whenever you have time to post, feel very welcome.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Woww!! I am looking forward to my expedition to Madagascar even more now. Thant for posting your experiences and pictures!

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    Jeremy A. Rich
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