In the latest "Phelsuma" journal (issue 12) a
new member of the genus has been described as
Phelsuma vanheygeni by Achim Lerner. The discovery
of this species was already announced earlier, when it
was discovered by Emmanuel Van Heygen in July 2004.
In June and July 2004 the Ampasindava peninsula was
thoroughly researched for the occurrence of Phelsuma
species. During this survey, a new species, Phelsuma
vanheygeni, was discovered, but also Phelsuma
klemmeri was observed in its natural habitat since
its description in 1991.
The Dutch and Ecuadorian police is searching for the 44 year old Eddie Postma.
He has been missing for a month in the jungles of the South American country of
Ecuador. Postma, according to his wife, was in that country for a photo session
of the Ecuadorian herpetofauna. He is the owner of “Sauria” a shop with annex
breeding facility of mainly the genus Phelsuma. Postma just arrived
in Ecuador and left his Hotel by taxi, leaving all his
belongings. Nothing was heard from him afterwards but according
to the authorities the Dutchman stayed in a part which is
considered safe and they exclude crime. Search dogs were sent
from the Netherlands to facilitate the search.
Last Update: 24/11/2004
The Dodo's steppingstones the same as Phelsuma?
evidence of land in the Mascarene island chain
(Mascarene Plateau) suggests that island
steppingstones may have been used before the dodo
eventually found his way to Mauritius.
A complete list of all species and subspecies of the genus
Phelsuma. Click a species to retrieve full information.
Note the recent change: "Phelsuma guimbeaui
rosagularis" obtained full species status as