Tiny scaled gecko

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Tiny scaled gecko
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Lygodactylus
L. bivittis
Binomial name
Lygodactylus bivittis
(W. Peters, 1883)
Lygodactylus bivittis distribution.png
  • Scalabotes bivittis
    W. Peters, 1883
  • Scalabotes hildebrandti
    W. Peters, 1883
  • Microscalabotes cowanii
    Boulenger, 1883
  • Lygodactylus bivittis
    — Boulenger, 1885
  • Lygodactylus hildebrandti
    — Boulenger, 1885
  • Microscalabotes bivittis
    Kluge, 1993
  • Lygodactylus bivittis
    Röll et al., 2010

The tiny scaled gecko (Lygodactylus bivittis) is a species of lizard in the family Gekkonidae. The species is endemic to Madagascar.[1][2]


L. bivittis was formerly placed in a monotypic genus Microscalabotes. However, molecular data suggested that Microscalabotes is nested within Lygodactylus, and the genus was synonymized.[2][3]

Habitat and behavior[edit]

L. bivittis occurs in low and mid-elevation humid forests at elevations of 300–1,000 m (980–3,280 ft) above sea level. It is diurnal and lives in trees. It does not occur in heavily degraded areas and is threatened by the loss and degradation of humid forests in eastern Madagascar.[1]


L. bivittis is oviparous.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Raselimanana A, Vences M (2011). "Lygodactylus bivittis ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2011: e.T172837A6927369. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-2.RLTS.T172837A6927369.en.
  2. ^ a b c d Lygodactylus bivittis at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 7 June 2018.
  3. ^ Röll, Beate; Pröhl, Heike; Hoffmann, Klaus-Peter (2010). "Multigene phylogenetic analysis of Lygodactylus dwarf geckos (Squamata: Gekkonidae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 56 (1): 327–335. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.02.002. PMID 20139018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Glaw F, Vences M (2006). A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, Third Edition. Cologne, Germany: Vences & Glaw Verlag. 496 pp. ISBN 978-3929449037. (Microscalabotes bivittis).
  • Peters W (1883). "Neue Geckonen, darunter drei Arten von Scalabotes, aus der Sammlung des in Madasascar verstorbenen Reisenden J. M. Hildebrandt ". Sitzungs-Berichte der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin 1883: 27–29. (Scalabotes bivittis, new species, p. 28; S. hildebrandti, new species, p. 28). (in German).
  • Rösler H (2000). "Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha)". Gekkota 2: 28–153. (Microscalabotes bivittis, p. 132). (in German).