Phelsuma astriata astriata
occurs on the southern islands of the
inner Seychelles (Mahé, Silhouette, Thérèse and Frégate) and
on the Astove atoll, the southernmost island of the Seychelles
and part of the Aldabra-group.
Mahé Island, Seychelles
astriata astriata prefers the coastal vegetation and lives on
coconut palms, agaves, Pandanus sp. and banana plants.
Often they also can be found in gardens and on houses. The climate in the habitat is continuously tropical warm with only small seasonal variations in temperature.
Phelsuma astriata astriata is a medium sized
day gecko, which
reaches a total length of up to 13 cm in both sexes. The basic
colour is bright green on the
back, which changes into
the flank range without sharp delimitation into the whitish
colouring of the ventral surface. On the head is a V-shaped
marking. A red stripe runs from the lip point to the eye. Behind the head most animals have
one or two transverse stripes. A dorsal red line runs from the
shoulders to the hind legs, often branched. The rest of the back
pattern consists of smaller red dots. In some animals the red
dorsal line is replaced by red dots. The rear third of the back as well as the tail can
blue. On the tail top side weakly reddish crossbars can be present. Both males and
females show this colour development but the Turkish tails occur
mostly in males.