Paroedura sp. ‘Aldabra’

Aldabra Ground Gecko (Paroedura sp.)

The former existence of a member of this genus, otherwise known from Madagascar and the Comoro Islands, on the Aldabra Atoll is proven by numerous fossil bones that were found on Grande Terre, the largest of the atoll’s islands.

The species might have grown to a size of about 12 cm (including the tail)

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The Aldabra Ground Gecko obviously disappeared around the Pleistovene/Holocene border. 

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References:

[1] E. N. Arnold: Fossil reptiles from Aldabra atoll, Indian Ocean. bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Zoology 29(2): 83-116. 1976

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edited: 02.03.2024