Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Gekkonidae

Scientific Name: Paroedura vazimba
Species Authority: Nussbaum & Raxworthy, 2000

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-01-28
Assessor(s): Raxworthy, C.J., Ratsoavina, F., Rabibisoa, N., Rakotondrazafy, N.A. & Bora, P.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A. & Bowles, P.
Listed as Vulnerable on the basis that it has an extent of occurrence of 7,900 km², it occurs as a severely fragmented population, and there is a continuing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat throughout its range.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

This species is endemic to Madagascar where it is known from a few localities in the west, at Ankarafantsika (Jackman et al. 2008, Nussbaum and Raxworthy 2000), Anjiamangirana (Raselimanana 2008) and Bora (Nussbaum and Raxworthy 2000) between 90 and 120 m elevation (Nussbaum and Raxworthy 2000, Raselimanana 2008). It has an estimated extent of occurrence of 7,900 km².

Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres):90
Upper elevation limit (metres):120
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Population [top]

Population:This species can be quite common, although due to the pressure on and patchy distribution of remaining forest habitat within this gecko's range, it is presumed to be declining and to occur as a severely fragmented population.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

This species is heavily reliant on intact dry deciduous forest (Nussbaum and Raxworthy 2000), and is not found in disturbed habitats. It is active at night on trees and low vegetation and remains hidden in the day underneath bark (Nussbaum and Raxworthy 2000).


Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

This species has been exploited for the international pet trade, but is likely to be present only in low numbers.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Within Ankarafantsika National Park this species is relatively well protected, but may be under pressure from fire and illegal logging. Forest within Bora Special Reserve has been heavily degraded by timber extraction for local construction. Populations elsewhere may be threatened by clearance of dry forest for agriculture and by accidental burning.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This lizard occurs in Ankarafantsika National Park and Bora Special Reserve. Research is needed into population trends in this species and its sensitivity to threatening processes, and surveys should be conducted between known sites to establish its presence.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.5. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes
1. Land/water protection -> 1.2. Resource & habitat protection
2. Land/water management -> 2.1. Site/area management

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
  Action Recovery plan:No
  Systematic monitoring scheme:No
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Conservation sites identified:Yes, over part of range
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
  Area based regional management plan:No
In-Place Species Management
  Harvest management plan:No
  Successfully reintroduced or introduced beningly:No
  Subject to ex-situ conservation:No
In-Place Education
1. Residential & commercial development -> 1.1. Housing & urban areas
♦ timing: Ongoing ♦ scope: Minority (<50%) ♦ severity: Unknown ⇒ Impact score: Unknown 
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.3. Indirect ecosystem effects

2. Agriculture & aquaculture -> 2.1. Annual & perennial non-timber crops -> 2.1.1. Shifting agriculture
♦ timing: Ongoing ♦ scope: Unknown ♦ severity: Unknown ⇒ Impact score: Unknown 
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.1. Ecosystem conversion

5. Biological resource use -> 5.3. Logging & wood harvesting -> 5.3.3. Unintentional effects: (subsistence/small scale)
♦ timing: Ongoing ♦ scope: Unknown ♦ severity: Unknown ⇒ Impact score: Unknown 
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

7. Natural system modifications -> 7.1. Fire & fire suppression -> 7.1.3. Trend Unknown/Unrecorded
♦ timing: Ongoing ♦ scope: Majority (50-90%) ♦ severity: Unknown ⇒ Impact score: Unknown 
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.1. Ecosystem conversion
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats

♦  Pets/display animals, horticulture
 International : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2011.2). Available at: (Accessed: 10 November 2011).

Jackman, T.R., Bauer, A.M., Greenbaum, E., Glaw, F. and Vences, M. 2008. Molecular phylogenetic relationships among species of the Malagasy-Comoran gecko genus Paroedura (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46: 74-81.

Nussbaum, R.A. and Raxworthy, C.J. 2000. Systematic revision of the genus Paroedura Günther (Reptilia: Gekkonidae), with the description of five new species. Miscellaneous Publications. Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan 189: 1-26.

Raselimanana, A.P. 2008. Herpétofaune des forêts sèches malgaches. Malagasy Nature 1: 46-75.

Citation: Raxworthy, C.J., Ratsoavina, F., Rabibisoa, N., Rakotondrazafy, N.A. & Bora, P. 2011. Paroedura vazimba. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T172801A6920885. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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