This gecko is one of four species in its genus, all of which are endemic to Madagascar.
These geckos diverged from all other living species around 50 million years ago, long before humans and capuchins diverged!
The conversion of lowland forest — on which this species depends — to farmland, and logging of the remaining forests, threatens this species.
This gecko occurs in several protected areas, but much of the intervening forest is unprotected. There are no species-specific conservation measures and more research is needed to better understand the population status of the species.
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Gekkonidae
- Population: Rare
- Trend: decreasing
Endemic to southeastern Madagascar, with a highly fragmented distribution.
Habitat and Ecology
This species requires intact closed-canopy forest. It is associated with granitic boulders near streams and is nocturnal. Gravid females lay two eggs in communal nest sites between October and December.