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1 June 2011 Notes on Reproduction of the Gold Dust Day Gecko, Phelsuma laticauda (Gekkonidae) from Hawaii
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We studied the reproductive cycle of the introduced gecko, Phelsuma laticauda from a histological analysis of museum specimens from Hawaii. All adult males >40 mm SVL exhibited spermiogenesis in samples collected in January to April and in August. Females invariably produced clutches that contained two eggs. The presence of oviductal eggs and concomitant yolk deposition in some of the same females as well as the presence in the population of juveniles during both summer and winter months, indicate P. laticauda produces multiple clutches in Hawaii. The smallest reproductively active female (early yolk deposition) measured 46 mm SVL. Considering the potential negative effects on endemic Pacific island lizards, colonization by P. laticauda should be discouraged.

© 2011 by The Herpetological Society of Japan
Stephen R. Goldberg and Fred Kraus "Notes on Reproduction of the Gold Dust Day Gecko, Phelsuma laticauda (Gekkonidae) from Hawaii," Current Herpetology 30(1), 79-81, (1 June 2011). https://doi.org/10.3105/018.030.0110
Accepted: 1 June 2011; Published: 1 June 2011
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