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Brief Summary

    Pseudogekko brevipes: Brief Summary
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    Pseudogekko brevipes, Luzon false gecko, orange-spotted smooth-scaled gecko or Philippine false gekko, is a species of geckos. It is endemic to central Philippines, where it is found on several islands in dipterocarp and submontane forest at elevations of 300 to 1100 m above sea level.

Comprehensive Description

    Biology
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    Philippine lizards of the family Gekkonidae comprise 49 species (Taylor, 1915, 1922; Brown and Alcala, 1978) in 10 genera: Gehyra (1), Gekko (13), Hemidactylus (5), Hemiphyllodactylus (2), Lepidodactylus (6), Luperosaurus (8), Ptychozoon (1), Pseudogekko (4), and Cyrtodactylus (9), (Brown et al., 2007, 2010a, 2011; Welton et al., 2009, 2010a, 2010b; Zug, 2011). An amazing percentage of these species are endemic to the Philippines archipelago (roughly 85%; Brown et al., 2011). Several of the recently described gekkonids in the Philippines were discovered only recently as part of ongoing surveys around the archipelago. Recent phylogenetic studies focused on Philippine gekkonids (Siler et al., 2010; Welton et al., 2010a,b) have resulted in the observation of high levels of genetic diversity among populations of widespread species, an indication that the country's gecko diversity may still be greatly underestimated.

    The genus Pseudogekko presently contains four species, all endemic to the Philippine islands (Pseudogekkobrevipes, Pseudogekkocompressicorpus, Pseudogekkosmaragdinus, Pseudogekkointermedium). Species in this genus are easily diagnosed from all other Philippine gecko species due to their long, slender, delicate body forms. All species appear to prefer arboreal habitats and are often found on leaves of saplings, trees, or aerial ferns. Specimens of most species remain rare in collections. Body coloration is quite variable both between species and between island populations within species, with Pseudogekko smaragdinustaking the prize for the most brilliant color pattern (neon yellow to green body). Although the diversity in the genus is currently recognized to be low, it is quite possible that widespread species are actually complexes of morphologically similar but distinct lineages.

    Pseudogekko brevipes
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    Pseudogekko brevipes, Luzon false gecko, orange-spotted smooth-scaled gecko or Philippine false gekko, is a species of geckos. It is endemic to central Philippines, where it is found on several islands in dipterocarp and submontane forest at elevations of 300 to 1100 m above sea level.[1]

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    1. ^ a b Diesmos, A., Gaulke, M. & Paguntalan, L.M. (2009). Pseudogekko brevipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T169805A6676083.en


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Distribution

    Distribution
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    This species is recognized to occur on the islands of Samar, Negros, Bohol, and Cebu in the Central Philippines.

    Faunal Affinity
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    Mindanao and Visayan (Central) Pleistocene Aggregate Island Complexes (PAIC; Brown and Diesmos, 2002).

    Type Locality
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    Samar Island, Philippines; type in the Senckenberg Museum; SM 8988

    Distribution
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    Continent: Asia
    Distribution: Philippine Islands (Luzon, Samar, Panay, Bohol)
    Type locality: Manila (Luzon) und Samar, Philippine Islands.

Size

    Size
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    SVL 40-54 mm (Brown and Alcala, 1978)

Diagnostic Description

    Diagnostic Description
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    Pseudogekko brevipescan be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) terminal scansors undivided, 2-4 subterminal scansors divided on all digits except digit I; (2) dorsal dark spots absent or sparse; (3) enlarged preanal and femoral pores in males 10-16; (4) Toe-IV scansors 14-18; and (5) supralabials 12-17. Characters and character states from Brown and Alcala (1978).

General Ecology

    Ecology
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    Recorded from both depterocarp and submontane forest at elevations from about 300 to 1,100 meters. The normal habitat is the leaf axils of aerial ferns and Pandanus in the forest on Negros. (Text taken from Brown and Alcala, 1978)

Reproduction

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    Eggs and Hatchlings: Several hatchlings measure 16 to 21 mm in snout-vent length. Eggs have been collected from a leaf axil in a Pandanus a coconut husk, and attached to a rotting branch on the forest floor. (Text taken from Brown and Alcala, 1978)