Phelsuma quadriocellata

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Phelsuma quadriocellata
P. q. quadriocellata
Ranomafana National Park
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Phelsuma
P. quadriocellata
Binomial name
Phelsuma quadriocellata
(Peters, 1883)

Phelsuma quadriocellata is a species of gecko known by the common name peacock day gecko. It is endemic to coastal eastern Madagascar, where it is a common to abundant, widespread reptile.[1][2][3] This gecko lives in many types of low- to mid-elevation habitat types in Madagascar, including forests and areas with human activity such as cultivated land and human habitation. It is sometimes associated with Pandanus species.[1]

This is likely a species complex. It is currently divided into three subspecies, P. q. quadriocellata, P. q. lepida, and P. q. bimaculata. A fourth subspecies was recently elevated to species status and is now named Phelsuma parva.[1]


P. quadriocellata measures 4.7-4.8″ (12cm) long, including the tail.[4] Like other arboreal geckos, they have lidless eyes and sticky toe pads. Base color is bright green, with small red markings and a pale underside. The tail may be blue. An identifying characteristic is the large dark spots on each side. Some localities have two such spots, while others have four.


This gecko species is occasionally kept as a pet; collection does not constitute a threat to this species.[1] With good care, peacock day geckos may live up to 15 years in captivity.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Glaw, F.; Vences, M. (2011). "Phelsuma quadriocellata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2011: e.T172895A6937454. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-2.RLTS.T172895A6937454.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  2. ^ McKeown, Sean (1993). Day geckos. Lakeside, Calif.: Advanced Vivarium Systems. ISBN 1-882770-22-6. OCLC 693781035.
  3. ^ "Peacock Day Gecko (Phelsuma quadriocellata)". iNaturalist. Retrieved 2022-01-18.
  4. ^ a b Healey, Mariah. "Peacock Day Gecko Care Sheet". ReptiFiles. Retrieved 2022-01-18.