Karyotypes of two species of malagasy ground gecko (paroedura: Gekkonidae)

Hana Main, Daniel P. Scantlebury, David Zarkower, Tony Gamble

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The karyotypes of Malagasy geckos are poorly known. Herein, we describe the karyotypes of two Malagasy gecko species, Paroedura picta and an undescribed or currently unrecognised Paroedura species. These are the first karyotypes described for the genus Paroedura. Each species had a distinct karyotype; P. picta had 2n=36 and Paroedura sp. had 2n=34. We used a fragment of the mitochondrial ND2 gene to conduct a phylogenetic analysis of 17 described and putative Paroedura species and show that the Paroedura sp. examined here is unique and related to P. bastardi, P. ibityensis, P. tanjaka and another undescribed Paroedura species from Tsingy de Bemaraha. Our results highlight the need for continued research into the basic biology and taxonomy of Malagasy lizards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-90
Number of pages10
JournalAfrican Journal of Herpetology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Many thanks to T. Ezaz (University of Canberra) for the CA3 staining protocol and J. Rosado (Harvard University) for cataloguing specimens. DNA sequences for this study have been submitted to Genbank (JQ654965-JQ654968). Additional specimens of Paroedura sp. not used in this study have been catalogued at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University (MCZ R-189496·9). D.P.S. was supported by NSF grant DEB-1110605. All experiments were carried out in accordance with University of Minnesota animal use protocol 0810A50001.


  • Chromosome
  • Cytogenetics
  • Gekkota
  • Lizard
  • Madagascar
  • Phylogeny


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