Phelsuma quadriocellata Peacock Day Gecko
Some other names for this species:
Four-spot Day Gecko
Subspecies I've seen:
P. q. bimaculata
Peacock Day Gecko
P. q. quadriocellata
Peacock Day Gecko
Phelsuma quadriocellata bimaculata Peacock Day Gecko
Chez Arol grounds, Masoala National Park, Toamasina province, MadagascarMay 2, 2007
Peacock Day Gecko (Phelsuma quadriocellata bimaculata)
While my sister and my wife were napping in the hot afternoon sun in their bungalows, and our guide was probably doing the same, I wandered about the grounds of Chez Arol looking for herps (as usual). I noticed some day geckos sneaking about in a Ravenela palm and settled down to watch them and take the occasional photograph. Most of them were the common type Phelsuma lineata lineata, but I noticed that one especially shy small one looked a little different. Eventually it climbed up onto a frond where I could sneak up on it and get a decent photo. It turned out to be the only individual P. q. bimaculata that I saw on this trip to Madagascar. This subspecies is sometimes recognized as a separate full species.

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

Phelsuma quadriocellata quadriocellata Peacock Day Gecko
Vakona Forest Lodge, Andasibe, Toamasina province, MadagascarApril 23, 2007
Peacock Day Gecko (Phelsuma quadriocellata quadriocellata) Peacock Day Gecko (Phelsuma quadriocellata quadriocellata)
Amidst the large numbers of highly visible Lined Day Geckos at Vakona Forest Lodge, there were a handful of these four-spotted cousins. The P. lineata were obviously accustomed to the human habitation, as they were typically seen on man-made structures and even inside buildings, and would mostly ignore people until they got very close. These P. quadriocellata were much more cautious, typically skittering away into the foliage as soon as I saw them.

The adult here lived on a vine-entangled fence just outside of our room, and I followed its erratic movements on multiple occasions before I was even certain that it wasn't another P. lineata. The youngster here was a tiny little thing, no more than two inches in total length.

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

Vakona Forest Lodge, Andasibe, Toamasina province, MadagascarApril 24, 2007
Peacock Day Gecko (Phelsuma quadriocellata quadriocellata)
Another day, another only semi-successful attempt to photograph these beautiful, shy geckos.
Ranomafana National Park, Fianarantsoa province, MadagascarApril 28, 2007
Peacock Day Gecko (Phelsuma quadriocellata quadriocellata) Peacock Day Gecko (Phelsuma quadriocellata quadriocellata)
These geckos were much easier to find at Ranomafana, especially on the wooden fence and overhang at the Belle Vue viewpoint.
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