Pseudogekko smaragdinus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Gekkonidae

Scientific Name: Pseudogekko smaragdinus (Taylor, 1922)
Common Name(s):
English Polillo False Gecko, Green Smooth-scaled Gecko
Gekko smaragdinus Taylor, 1922

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-04-22
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Brown, R., Gonzalez, J.C. & Ledesma, M.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N. & Hoffmann, M. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team)
Listed as Least Concern as it is common within its restricted distribution on Polillo, its presumed large population, it is adaptable to some habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the Philippines, where it is known from the island of Polillo and from a single specimen collected in 1995 from Bicol National Park, Camarines Norte, on the island of Luzon.
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Population [top]

Population:It is very common on Polillo, however it remains known only from a single specimen on Luzon.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species is commonly found in intact, secondary and residual forests. Animals can be found on the leaf axils of screw pines (Pandanus sp.), giant "gabi" taro leaves (Allocasia sp.), Musa sp., and small palms. The females deposit their eggs on the leaf axils of host plants (J.C. Gonzalez pers. com. 2007).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There has been low level trade of the species in the recent past. This seems unlikely to currently constitute a major threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs within the protected Sibulan Watershed Reserve on Polillo, and has been recorded from the Bicol National Park on Luzon. Further research is needed into the distribution on Luzon. There is a need to monitor levels of trade in this species, with a view to identifying any potential future threats.

Citation: Brown, R., Gonzalez, J.C. & Ledesma, M. 2009. Pseudogekko smaragdinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T169868A6684262. . Downloaded on 16 October 2018.
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