Blanc's dwarf gecko

Blanc's dwarf gecko

Blanc's dwarf gecko

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Lygodactylus blanci

Blanc's dwarf gecko (Lygodactylus blanci) is a species of lizard in the family Gekkonidae. The species is native to central Madagascar. They are the least known species of dwarf geckos in Madagascar. Blanc's dwarf geckos are one out of eleven gecko species that are protected in Madagascar. Hence, collecting them is only allowed with an appropriate permit.

Animal name origin

Both the specific name, blanci, and the common name, Blanc's dwarf gecko, are in honor of French herpetologist Charles Pierre Blanc (born 1933).

Appearance

A large species for its genus, L. blanci may attain a snout-to-vent length (SVL) of almost 4 cm (1.6 in). Blanc's dwarf geckos have whorled tails. The throat is usually spotted, which can lead to the formation of longitudinal lines.

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The preferred natural habitat of L. blanci is large rocks. Blanc's dwarf geckos also use buildings and tall trees near freshwater wetlands as their habitat. This species has been observed to be adapted to human environments.

Blanc's dwarf gecko habitat map
Blanc's dwarf gecko habitat map

Mating Habits

Lygodactylus blanci is oviparous. Based on the observations of locals in Madagascar, this species appears to be most active during the month of October and eggs are seen in January and February.

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Population threats

Mining, logging, wood harvesting, and habitat changes are some of the threats Blanc's dwarf gecko faces to sustain its existence.

References

1. Blanc's dwarf gecko Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanc's_dwarf_gecko
2. Blanc's dwarf gecko on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/178577/7574137

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