Uroplatus Species

Within the Uroplatus genus there are currently 17 described leaf-tailed gecko species, as well as 2 undescribed species, labeled with “aff.” Given measurements are from snout to tail unless otherwise stated.

Fimbriatus Group

Large bark/lichen/moss mimics with a well-developed dermal fringe.

Uroplatus fimbriatus

Also known as the giant leaf-tailed gecko, U. fimbriatus is a lichen/moss mimic with light eyes with red veining. It is one of the largest Uroplatus species at 11”-13” (28-33 cm) long. Skill level: Intermediate.

Uroplatus fimbriatus, giant leaf-tailed gecko

Female U. fimbriatus. Photo used with permission from James Muenchen.

Uroplatus henkeli

U. henkeli averages about 12” (30.5 cm) long and has a mossy appearance with dark pigmentation on the tip of its tongue. It is known as one of the hardiest Uroplatus species. Skill level: Intermediate.

U. henkeli. Photo used with permission from Sibons Photography.

Uroplatus aff. henkeli

U. aff. henkeli is an undescribed species that looks like U. henkeli, but differs enough to be possibly one or more distinct species. It measures about 5”-6” (12.7-15.2 cm) long, has smaller eyes, and lacks tongue pigmentation. Skill level: Advanced.

Uroplatus aff. henkeli, leaf-tailed gecko

Female U. aff. henkeli. Photo used with permission from James Muenchen.

Uroplatus sameiti

Also known as the southern leaf-tailed gecko. This species is 7”-9” (17.8-22.9 cm) long and often confused with U. sikorae, but the primary difference between them is that U. sameiti has a pink buccal membrane. Skill level: Intermediate.

U. sameiti. Photo used with permission from James Muenchen.

Uroplatus sikorae

U. sikorae is characterized by mottled gray, brown, tan, and green coloration and a black buccal membrane. It averages between 6”-8” (15.2-20.3 cm) long. Skill level: Intermediate.

U. sikorae. Photo used with permission from Sibons Photography.

Uroplatus aff. sikorae

This undescribed species is most similar to U. sikorae, but it is difficult to collect more information because they live within Montagne d’Ambre national park on Madagascar, where specimen collection is completely forbidden. As far as we know, it has a black buccal membrane, shorter tail, chubbier body, and more speckled pattern. Skill level: Advanced+

Uroplatus aff. sikorae, leaf-tailed gecko species

Uroplatus aff. sikorae. Photo by Olaf Pronk on Flickr.

Uroplatus giganteus

This species often confused with U. fimbriatus, but the primary difference between them is eye color. U. giganteus are characterized by white eyes with silver veining, as well as large size at 12”-13” (30.5-33 cm) long. These also live within Montagne d’Ambre national park, so there are very few in the pet trade. Skill level: Intermediate

Uroplatus giganteus, leaf-tailed gecko species

Uroplatus giganteus. Photo by Olaf Pronk on Flickr.

Ebenaui Group

Small shrub-dwelling leaf mimics with little to no dermal fringe.

Uroplatus ebenaui

U. ebenaui is also known as the spearpoint leaf-tailed gecko. It is the smallest Uroplatus species, measuring just 3.5”-4” (8.9-10.2 cm) long. True to its name, it has a short pointy tail, as well as a black buccal membrane, eyelash-like horns above the eyes, and a cranial ridge. U. ebenaui are rare in the US. Skill level: Advanced.

Uroplatus ebenaui, spearpoint leaf-tailed gecko

Uroplatus ebenaui. Photo used with permission from James Muenchen.

Uroplatus fiera

U. fiera is more common in the US than U. ebenaui, and both species are very similar. Like U. ebenaui, it has eyelash-like horns behind its eyes, but no cranial ridge, and its buccal membrane is pink rather than black. Recorded measurements put it at about 3.5” (8.9 cm) from snout to vent. Skill level: Advanced.

Uroplatus fiera. Photo used with permission from James Muenchen.

Uroplatus finiavana

Also known as the long-tailed ebenaui, this gecko has a pink buccal membrane and measures about 4” (10-12cm) long, with females being slightly larger than males. U. finiavana are abundant in Montagne d’Ambre national park, making them rare in captivity. Skill level: Advanced.

Uroplatus finiavana, leaf-tailed gecko species

Uroplatus finiavana. Source: Gecko Fanatics.

Uroplatus fotsivava

A newly-described species named in November 2017. It is found between 1100–1538 meters above sea level around the Tsaratanana mountain massif in northern Madagascar. U. fotsivava is characterized by very little dermal fringe and a minimal fringe of eyelash-like crests around the eyes. Skill level: Advanced+

Uroplatus species — Uroplatus fotsivava

Male U. fotsivava. Source: Zenodo.org; read the article here.

Uroplatus kelirambo

A newly-described species named in November 2017. Found in a very narrow range between 2000–2200 meters above sea level and occupies the highest elevation for any nocturnal gecko on Madagascar. Most likely limited to the montane forests of the Tsaratanana Massif. Possesses somewhat more of a dermal fringe, along with hornlike dermal protrusions above the eyes. Skill level: Advanced+

Uroplatus species — Uroplatus kelirambo

Male U. kelirambo. Source: Zenodo.org; read the article here.

Uroplatus malama

This species is also known as the smooth leaf-tailed gecko and does not appear to have ever been in the pet trade. Further information is extremely limited. Skill level: Advanced+.

Uroplatus malama, leaf-tailed gecko species

Uroplatus malama. Source: IUCN Red List

Uroplatus phantasticus

U. phantasticus is also known as the satanic leaf tailed gecko. It comes in shades of red, tan, brown, or purple, and is characterized by prominent horn-like protrusions over its eyes. It grows to a maximum length of 6” (15.2 cm). Skill level: Advanced.

Uroplatus phantasticus, satanic leaf-tailed gecko

Male Uroplatus phantasticus. Photo used with permission from Phantastic Geckos.

Alluaudi Group

Mid-sized bark/lichen mimics with some to no dermal fringe.

Uroplatus pietschmanni

U. pietschmanni is also known as the corkbark leaf tail or spiny leaf tail, with its most distinctive feature being bi-colored eyes; the top half of the iris is light, while the bottom half is dark. It is about 6” (15.2 cm) long, very hardy, and one of the rarest Uroplatus species in the US. Difficulty: Intermediate.

Uroplatus pietschmanni. Photo used with permission from Sean Scardino.

Uroplatus alluaudi

U. alluaudi is very rare in the pet trade, but sometimes described as like a phantasticus x sikorae cross, with characteristics of both, including a moderate dermal fringe, and measuring 2.5”-3” (6.9-7.9 cm) long from snout to vent. Skill level: Advanced.

Uroplatus alluaudi. Source: Belleza del Planeta Azul

Uroplatus malahelo

There is virtually no information currently available about U. malahelo. If one were to make its way into the pet trade, it would require an Advanced+ skill level.

Uroplatus guentheri

U. guentheri is also one of the hardier Uroplatus species, tolerant of higher temperatures and drier conditions. Otherwise it is described as similar in appearance and behavior to U. henkeli, measuring 6”-7” (15.2-17.8 cm) long. Not common in the US. Skill level: Intermediate.

Uroplatus guentheri, leaf-tailed gecko species

Uroplatus guentheri. Photo by Olaf Pronk on Flickr.

Lineatus Group

Large bamboo/wood mimics with no dermal fringe.

Uroplatus lineatus

Also known as the lined leaf tail gecko for its unique pattern and ability to “fire up” or down, increasing or decreasing pattern contrast. Although it has no dermal fringe, it does have eyelash-like crests above the eyes. U. lineatus also has a snakelike head, exceptionally smooth skin, and measures about 10”-11” (25.4-28 cm) long. Skill level: Intermediate.

Female Uroplatus lineatus. Photo used with permission from Sean Scardino.


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