Ptyodactylus hasselquistii hasselquistii (Donndorff 1798) Yellow Fan-Fingered Gecko
Hebrew name: מניפנית אילתית, menifanit eilatit
Global Threat: NE – Not Evaluated
Regional Threat: VU (B) – Vulnerable
Distribution area: Egypt, Sudan, southern Sinai, Jordan and Israel. According to information from other sources, its distribution area also includes Syria, but this is probably a mistake (Leviton et al. 1992; Martens 1996). In Israel it is known only from the Eilat Mountains and the southern Arava. Israel is the northern distribution limit for the species.
Historic distribution: Unknown.
Typical Habitat: Rocky habitats and on buildings.
Threat and Disturbance Factors: Illegal collecting by reptile fans and for the pet trade.
Population Size: Unknown.
Fluctuations in Population Size: Unknown.
Isolation Between Subpopulations: Unknown.
Necessary Steps for Species Preservation:
1. Intensifying supervision and enforcement by the Nature and Parks Authority in the Eilat area to prevent illegal collecting activity.
2. Basic research on the life history of P. h. hasselquistii in nature in order to determine disturbance factors and necessary conservation steps.
3. Examining the effect of the establishment of the exotic Cyrtopodion scaber in the Eilat area.