n African Journal of Herpetology - Karyotypes of two species of Malagasy ground gecko (: Gekkonidae) : short communication - : short communication

Volume 61, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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The karyotypes of Malagasy geckos are poorly known. Herein, we describe the karyotypes of two Malagasy gecko species, and an undescribed or currently unrecognised species. These are the first karyotypes described for the genus . Each species had a distinct karyotype; had 2n = 36 and sp. had 2n = 34. We used a fragment of the mitochondrial gene to conduct a phylogenetic analysis of 17 described and putative species and show that the sp. examined here is unique and related to and another undescribed species from Tsingy de Bemaraha. Our results highlight the need for continued research into the basic biology and taxonomy of Malagasy lizards.

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