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Phelsuma seippi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA SQUAMATA GEKKONIDAE

Scientific Name: Phelsuma seippi
Species Authority: Meier, 1987

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-01-28
Assessor(s): Ratsoavina, F., Glaw, F., Rabibisoa, N. & Rakotondrazafy, N.A.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P. & Cox, N.A.
Justification:
Listed as Endangered on the basis that its extent of occurrence is 3,713 km², it occurs as a severely fragmented population, and there is a continuing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

This day gecko is endemic to northwestern Madagascar where it is known from a few localities in the Sambirano region, including Lokobe (Andreone et al. 2003), Manongarivo (Rakotomalala 2002), the Ampasindava peninsula, Nosy Be and Nosy Komba (Van Heygen 2004). It is found up to 400 m asl at Manongarivo, and occurs at lower elevations in the rest of its range. It has an estimated extent of occurrence of 3,713 km².

Countries:
Native:
Madagascar
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Population [top]

Population: This species is regularly encountered in bamboo forest, in both primary and secondary vegetation. Due to the patchy distribution of this habitat within its range, the population is presumed to be severely fragmented.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This day gecko inhabits patches of bamboo in both intact forest and degraded areas (Glaw and Vences 2007), and has been found near villages (van Heygen 2004). As well as inhabiting bamboo itself, this gecko can be found in high numbers on the leaves of Traveller's Palm (Ravenala madagascariensis) (van Heygen 2004).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not traded or used.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are poorly documented, but it is largely reliant on bamboo. It is therefore susceptible to threats that remove bamboo, such as land clearance for agriculture and selective extraction of these plants, which are ongoing within its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs within Resérve Naturele Intégrale Lokobe and Manongarivo Special Reserve. More research is needed into the identity of threats to this species, and its ability to tolerate habitat modification.

Citation: Ratsoavina, F., Glaw, F., Rabibisoa, N. & Rakotondrazafy, N.A. 2011. Phelsuma seippi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 July 2014.
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