Phelsuma pronki is one of the smallest species of day gecko in the genus Phelsuma, reaching a total length of just 11 cm, including their tail!
This small day gecko is collected for the international pet trade. It is apparent that this species has become very rare and is undergoing sever population declines.
In combination with pressure form the international pet trade, the species is threatened by severe habitat loss and fragmentation. This is being driven by slash and burn agricultural practices.
This diminutive species is restricted to a small area of central Madagascar less than 100 km² and is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List. It is listed on CITES Appendix II and protected areas must urgently be established to halt the current rate of habitat loss across the range of the species.
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Gekkonidae
- Population: Rare
- Trend: decreasing
- Size: 11cm
This species is found in the central highlands of Madagascar in the Andramasina region.
Habitat and Ecology
This is an arboreal (tree living) species found in humid rainforest. It appears to live mainly on dead trees.