Phelsuma kochi Koch’s Day Gecko
Raxworthy et al split this species from Phelsuma madagascariensis in a 2007 journal article.
Anjajavy, Sofia region, MadagascarMay 7, 2007
Koch’s Day Gecko (Phelsuma kochi)
According to the range map in Glaw and Vences, Anjajavy is in a zone that overlaps the ranges of Phelsuma grandis and Phelsuma kochi.

P. kochi is generally less bright green than P. grandis, and tends to have a broken pattern rather than a solid color. The ones we saw at Anjajavy varied a considerable amount, though this one shows a more broken, reticulated pattern than the P. grandis we had seen elsewhere.

Here is a list of all the reptiles and frogs I saw on this 2007 trip to Madagascar.

Anjajavy, Sofia region, MadagascarMay 8, 2007
Koch’s Day Gecko (Phelsuma kochi)
This very large individual was deep in the forest. It has a considerably more solid color then the one I photographed on the previous day, making it more closely resemble P. grandis.
Anjajavy, Sofia region, MadagascarMay 10, 2007
Koch’s Day Gecko (Phelsuma kochi) Koch’s Day Gecko (Phelsuma kochi) Koch’s Day Gecko (Phelsuma kochi)
A tiny baby in the forest, and a huge faded adult on our room's veranda, were two of our last geckos from this trip to Madagascar. I hope someday I will be able to go back and see more of these stunningly beautiful animals.
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