Expedition 2004 - Madagascar

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This adventure-filled expedition was definitely one of the most successful to date. The goal was to assess the reptilian fauna on an unexplored peninsula in the northwestern part of Madagascar, the Ampasinadava Peninsula. Emmanuel Van Heygen, Exo Terra Manager, discovered a new species of day gecko that now is named after him, the Phelsuma vanheygeni. The results of this expedition were published in Phelsuma 12 (2004), the official journal of the Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles.

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3rd discovery of a new species during Exo Terra expedition