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Leaf-tailed Geckos

Bioecology of the genus Uroplatus  in northwestern Madagascar

Madagascar is home to a unique fauna with numerous endemic species. This is also reflected in the herpetofauna. Surveys in the Mahavavy-Kinkony complex and the Mariarano forest in the north-west of Madagascar revealed 76 and 50 reptile species respectively.

The occurrence of three species of Leaf-tail geckos of the genus Uroplatus (U. ebenaui, U. guentheri and U. henkeli) has been verified in this area. The project focuses on collecting basic information about these endangered leaf-tailed gecko species. This is done through interviews with the local population, distribution analyses of Uroplatus spp. through day and night observations and morphological studies.

In addition, in collaboration with botanists, the plant community in the surrounding area of spotted geckos is determined for an analysis of the specific habitats. The fieldwork is combined with trainings for the heads of the community on sensitisation methods to combat the exploitation of natural resources.

Project Fact Sheet



Ebenau's leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus ebenaui)
Gunther's Flat-tail Gecko (Uroplatus guentheri)
Henkel's Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus henkeli)




 Habitat loss (fires, deforestation) and insufficient data


Project aim


Complete missing data in order to protect natural habitats; training of local communities