Phelsuma borai 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Gekkonidae

Scientific Name: Phelsuma borai Glaw, Köhler & Vences, 2009
Taxonomic Notes: Some western records of Phelsuma mutabilis, especially in the northwest, may refer to this species, but this is difficult to establish with certainty as genetic evidence shows that true P. mutabilis is also found in this region (Glaw et al. 2009).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-01-28
Assessor(s): Raxworthy, C.J., Ratsoavina, F., Glaw, F., Rabibisoa, N., Rakotondrazafy, N.A. & Bora, P.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A. & Bowles, P.
Listed as Data Deficient on the basis that it is known with certainty only from a single specimen, confusion is possible with another species, and there is no reliable information on its distribution, ecological requirements, population status or threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to western Madagascar, where it known from a single specimen from Bemaraha at 177 m asl. In addition, published photographs indicate that the species may also occur around the Ampijoroa forestry station in Ankarafantsika (Glaw et al. 2009). Based on these records the species has a presumed extent of occurrence of approximately 2,900 km² in western Madagascar, although historical confusion with P. mutabilis makes its exact range impossible to establish.
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Additional data:
Number of Locations:2
Upper elevation limit (metres):177
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Population [top]

Population:This species is known with certainty only from the holotype, and no population information is available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This day gecko inhabits relatively dry deciduous forest where it might live in the canopy (Glaw et al. 2009).
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Unknown

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no evidence that this species is used or traded.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this species are poorly known but the illegal removal of trees from within the two protected areas, and bush fires, pose potential threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Bemaraha National Park where threat levels are relatively low. Research should be carried out to confirm the presence of this species in Ankarafantsika National Park, where Ampijiroa is located, and in other western localities. More information is needed on the lizard's ecology, population status and threats.

Citation: Raxworthy, C.J., Ratsoavina, F., Glaw, F., Rabibisoa, N., Rakotondrazafy, N.A. & Bora, P. 2011. Phelsuma borai. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T193263A8853565. . Downloaded on 23 July 2018.
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