Blaesodactylus ambonihazo Bauer, Glaw, Gehring & Vences, 2011
This species is known only from the Ankarafantsika National Park, in north-western Madagascar, but its distribution is likely to be more extensive than this.
Morphology and Colouration:
B. ambonihazo reaches a snout-vent length of at least 108mm.
This species is characterised by a series of dark bands around its body, becoming increasingly bold down the tail.
The dorsal scalation is quite heterogeneous - there are 17-20 lateral rows of enlarged scales, ending at the base of the tail.
This species has a uniquely homogeneous chin scalation, which is the most reliable morphological character for distinguishing it from other members of the genus Blaesodactylus.
This species is arboreal, as its name reflects (Malagasy: ambony = on, hazo = tree). Like all Blaesodactylus species, B. ambonihazo is predominantly nocturnal. Other than this, little to nothing is known about the habits of this species.
B. ambonihazo is listed as Data Defficient on the IUCN Red List.
Genetically, B. ambonihazo is quite distinct from all related species. It is most closely related to B. antongilensis and B. sakalava.
Photo from Bauer et al., 2011.
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Bauer, A.M., F. Glaw, P.-S. Gehring & M. Vences (2011) ‘New species of Blaesodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Ankarafantsika National Park in north-western Madagascar' Zootaxa 2942:57-68