Phelsuma edwardnewtoni Vinson & Vinson, 1969

Rodrigues day gecko, Rodrigues blue-dotted day gecko, Newton's day gecko



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Phelsuma newtoni Boulenger, 1884


Conservation Status


Last record: 1917 (Cole, 2021); c.1920?

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Rodrigues, Mascarene Islands


Biology & Ecology







Above: Phelsuma edwardnewtoni preserved specimen. Photograph by Jurriaan Schulman, released under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2. Source: Wikimedia Commons.



Original scientific description:

Vinson, J. and Vinson, J. M. (1969). The saurian fauna of the Mascarene Islands. Bull. Mauritius Inst. 6: 203-320.

Other references:

Austin, J.J., Arnold, E.N. and Jones, C.G. 2004. Reconstructing an island radiation using ancient and recent DNA: the extinct and living day geckos (Phelsuma) of the Mascarene islands. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31: 109-122.

Bour, R., Frétey, T. and Cheke, A.S. 2014. Philibert Marragon (1749–1826) and the Mémoire sur l’Isle de Rodrigue (1795). Bibliotheca Herpetologica 10(2): 5-32.

Cheke, A.S. and Hume, J.P. 2008. Lost Land of the Dodo: and ecological history of Mauritius, Réunion and Rodrigues. Yale University Press.

Cole, N. (2021). Phelsuma edwardnewtonii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T17432631A17432636. Accessed on 14 June 2022.

Cole, N., Goder, M., Vencatasamy, D., Mootoocurpen, R., Havery, S., Gamble, F. and Nundlaul, V. 2013. Restoration of Island Ecosystems in Mauritius: The Mauritius Reptile Recovery Programme Annual Report 2013. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey, Channel Islands.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Jean-Baptiste, M. 2013. Reptile survey on Rodrigues and its islets. Solitaire 24: 18-20.

Regalado, Pedro Galán. (2015). Los Anfibios y Reptiles Extinguidos: Herpetofauna Desaparecida Desde el Año 1500. Monografías de la Universidade da Coruña 155: 1-509.

Rocha, Sara et al. (2010). Phylogenetic systematics of day geckos, genus Phelsuma, based on molecular and morphological data (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 2429: 1-28. [Abstract]

Tirvengadum, D. D. and Bour, R. (1985). Checklist of the herpetofauna of the Mascarene Islands. Atoll. Res. Bull. 292: 49-60.

Vinson, J. and Vinson, J.M. 1969. The saurian fauna of the Mascarene Islands. The Mauritius Institute Bulletin, VI: 203-320.


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