is found only in parts of the Brise Fer area, the mountain forests of
Macchabée and Les Mares, and in the mountain forest of Montagnes Bambous.
Here they profit from the nature protection and reforestation program
of the WWF, which however is mainly aimed at the preservation of the pink
pigeon (Columba mayeri) and the Echo Parakeet (Psittacula eques).
Clearly cooler temperatures and very frequent precipitation are characteristic
of these mountain forests.
Les Mares, Mauritius
settle only the higher leaf trees, which offer sufficient protection and
escape possibilities to them. The animals are hardly to be seen due
to their hidden life style and their
excellent camouflage. During the usually
short sunshine periods the animals sit with flattened body on the trunk
or the branches to warm up.
differs from Phelsuma guimbeaui the distinct red back pattern
and often paler coloration. The pattern on the head, body and tail are often pale
red to orange coloured. The loop in the neck region, which forms the median
dorsal line, is only partly present. The red markings on the back tend
towards a netted pattern with cross bars.
Further distinguishers are the pink coloured throat, the v-design of the
nominate form is missing and the dorsal tail side is often coloured
to light blue. The gecko has the ability to change colour very rapidly
and can become very dark, especially while basking.