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    Hello everyone,

    I am a new member of this forum. I recently acquired this Uroplatus and it was sold as an Uroplatus ebenaui female born in captivity in 2015. I would like to have your advice on the identification. I must add that the gecko has a pink buccal membrane (so it is not a Uroplatus "true" ebanaui) and as you can see in the pictures it does not look like the ebenaui "big morph" as she has a pretty small tail. So what species could it be ? Uroplatus fiera ?

    Thank you very much in advance for your answer and please excuse my bad English...
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    Hi,

    this may be Uroplatus aff. ebenaui Ca1 or Ca4 from the north of Madagascar, U. fiera from the east, or U. finiavana from the far north. It is hard to be certain while Ca1 and Ca4 are still undescribed. The tail is too short for U. finiavana seems rather too narrow for U. Ca1 based on Ratsoavina et al. 2016, but it is not conclusively out of the range in my opinion. I think Ca4 also has too large and broad a tail. So I would say this is probably either U. Ca1 or U. fiera.

    I hope that helps. Sorry I can't say more conclusively at this time.

    Cheers,
    Mark
    Mark D. Scherz, MSc
    Herpetologist and Evolutionary Biologist
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