NamingThe generic name, ''Uroplatus'', is a Latinization of two Greek words: "ourá" meaning "tail" and "platys" meaning "flat". Its specific name ''fimbriatus'' is the Latin word for "fringed" based upon the gecko's unique appearance of fringed skin.
PredatorsHabitat destruction and deforestation in Madagascar is the primary threat to this animal's future as well as collection for the pet trade. The World Wide Fund for Nature lists all of the ''Uroplatus'' species on their "Top ten most wanted species list" of animals threatened by illegal wildlife trade, because of it "being captured and sold at alarming rates for the international pet trade". It is a CITES Appendix 2 protected animal.
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