Gravid female of Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus from Oukaïmeden shows an enlargement of the abdomen and of the calcium glands
Non-gravid female of Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus from Oukaïmeden
Adulte male of Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus from Oukaïmeden
The genus Quedenfeltia Boettger, 1883 (Atlas Day Gecko) is endemic to Morocco. There are two species described for this genus, Q. trachyblepharus (Bons 1967) and Q. moerens (Arnold 1990), although the genus was for a long time considered monotypic prior to Arnold (1990). Recent studies show that this Moroccan genus (Quedenfeldtia) is basal to the American Sphaerodactylidae family that diverged by vicariance and dispersal events after fragmentation of Gondwana (Gamble et al. 2010).
Quedenfeldtia moerens is found across a wide variety of habitats, from sea level to 3000 m a.s.l., whereas Q. trachyblepharus occupies exclusively high mountain regions reaching up to 4000 m a.s.l (Bons and Geniez 1996; Schleich et al. 1996). Recent genetic analysis revealed high genetic variation between two species (Barata et al., 2012).
Adult femal (Gravid) of Q.
trachyblepharus from Oukaïmeden ©Abdellah Bouazza
Adult femal of Q. moerens from Tafraout ©Abdellah Bouazza