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  • English
    • Gold Dust Day Gecko
    • Gold-dust Day Gecko
    • Broad-tailed Day Gecko
  • German
    • Goldstaub Taggecko
  • Scientific Names
    • Phelsuma laticauda
    • Pachydactylus laticauda

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Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

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colinmorita

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February 8, 2016 04:52 PM HST

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Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

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January 20, 2016

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Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

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floydreed

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January 30, 2016 11:33 AM HST

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flygrl67

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May 6, 2014 07:21 PM PDT

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(Somewhere...)

Description

Phelsuma laticauda laticauda (Gold Dust Day Gecko)
Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii

I first spotted this colorful gecko while lounging poolside in Kauai. As I was laying down I saw it dart around underneath the deck above the planter that was behind me. The next day I decided to bring my camera to the pool in case it made another appearance. Not only did I see it again, but there were two. One was considerably larger (about 6 inches long; the smaller one was thinner and about 1-2 inches shorter). I'm not sure if one was a male and the other was a female, or if the smaller one was younger. Based on their behavior I'm guessing that it was a male and female specimen (the bigger one seemed to be chasing around and trying to attract the attention of the smaller one). After researching the identity of this lizard I learned that it was originally from Madagascar, the Comoros Islands, and the Farquhar atoll in Seychelles. According to geckoweb.org it had been introduced to the Hawaiian islands in 1974 when a student released eight specimens on the University of Hawaii campus. Gold Dust Day Geckos feed on small insects, nectar, pollen, sweet sap, and juices from over-ripe fruit.

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Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

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nanofishology

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January 19, 2016 02:38 PM HST

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Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

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blitzen1986

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January 8, 2016 04:36 PM HST

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Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

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floydreed

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January 4, 2016 09:11 AM HST

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Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

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floydreed

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October 25, 2015 09:34 AM HST

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Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

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kpmcfarland

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December 24, 2015 07:00 PM HST

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Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

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gigacat

Date

October 9, 2015 12:28 PM NZDT

Description

Visiting the Mr Ed's Bakery, Honomu.

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Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

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tiwane

Date

November 24, 2015 01:03 PM PST

Description

Another lizard I never saw when growing up. They're all over now. Super beautiful.

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Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

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dwj

Date

November 25, 2015 04:39 PM HST
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Description from Wikipedia

The gold dust day gecko (Phelsuma laticauda (Boettger, 1880)) is a diurnal species of gecko. It lives in northern Madagascar, and on the Comoros, it has been also introduced to Hawaii and other Pacific islands. It typically inhabits various kinds of trees and houses. The gold dust day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.

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Conservation Summary

    Source: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. http://www.iucnredlist.org/technical-documents/spatial-data. Downloaded March 2011.
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