Iheya - Höhlengeckos




I would get these beautiful Gecko again that I would never have dreamed of. In Japan, he is strictly protected, because it is found in nature only very rarely. Home he is only on the island Iheya - Jima. Goniurosaurus toyamai Goniurosaurus orientalis looks very similar. After its discovery, he would run as G. orientalis,After its discovery, he was assigned to G.orientalis , but a scientist examined this Gecko 1999 and found some important differences to G.orientalis. So he was told in 1999 of an independent nature. The basic color of this Goniurosaurus is black with bright orange - red to pink ribbons, which run across the back. He is bigger and stronger than G.orientalis.


Goniurosaurus toyamai  is described as the largest representative of the Kuroiwae - group, but personally I have to say , after I have the opportunity to compare all 5 representatives of Kuroiwae - group , is the largest representative of this group G.yamashinae.

A freshly hatched Goniurosaurus toyamai   here he is in his rearing - box
If G.toyamai comes out of the egg, the base color is black with pink stripes. With increasing age, the patrol turn red. A few years later, the drawing will be pink on the back and the head again.
the same animal after a month
an adult specimen   a head portrait
 this Toyamai is 2 weeks old

an adult male

Goniurosaurus orientalis up and down Goniurosaurus toyamai compared

After hatching, the two types  differ only  marginally. G. orientalis  is equal to red when it comes out of the egg . G.toyamai is pink and after a few days, the drawing color pink also red . In this phase, one can distinguish these two species only very difficult. After about 2 months to begin with G. orientalis form in the black areas small to medium sized red spots, this can be in the picture above already recognize. In G. toyamai these spots form only sporadically, they are bigger.






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