Lygodactylus guibei — Guibe’s Dwarf Day Gecko
Also known as:
Western Dwarf Gecko
The name "Westem Dwarf Gecko" has been floating around the web for some time for this species, but that is clearly an incorrect copy of "Western Dwarf Gecko". Also, the name "Western Dwarf Gecko" is silly since these only live in eastern Madagascar.
My wife Monica Rua spotted this little gecko in the bushes at the Analamazaotra orchid garden. It was initially on a branch, and skittered out of sight before I could get a photo. But it didn't go far, just around the back of the branch, so I could easily spook into skittering back around to the front. But then when I'd get my camera ready, it would sneak off again. We played this game for awhile, but eventually it grew bored and made a little jump, landing perfectly posed on a leaf. I got a few photos like this one before it ran out of sight completely.
Another ID possibility is Lygodactylus miops. The very distinct lateral tubercles make me lean towards L. guibei, per Glaw & Vences.
Here is a list of all the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Madagascar.
- Glaw, F., Vences, M. 2007. A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, Third Edition
- Glaw, F., Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, Second Edition