The incredible satanic leaf-tailed gecko is a master of disguise, with a body that superbly mimics a dead leaf. Its twisted body, veined skin, and tail which looks remarkably like it has been nibbled at by insects or rotted by decay, all help this reptile blend into the foliage of its habitat. The satanic leaf-tailed gecko varies in colour, but is often mottled brown, and small black dots on the underside help distinguish it from similar species. Geckos possess no eyelids, just a transparent covering over their eyes, and so they use their long, mobile tongues to wipe away any dust or debris that gets into the eye. It has often been debated whether the satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the same species as U. ebenaui (the Nosy Bé flat-tailed gecko), but the satanic leaf-tailed gecko possesses more, and longer, spines on the head, body and trunk.
1. It’s Uroplatus phantasticus, not Uroplatus phanaticus. The latter is just the nickname I chose for my Flickr account, to which you didn’t feel the need to attribute my image (unless that was your attribution, in which case it would be courteous if you actually linked the source).
2. I don’t know where you got the information you stated in the blurb, but “small black dots on the underside” do not distinguish it from similar species.
3. There are geckos that possess eyelids. There are geckos in the family Eublepharidae that have eyelids.
4. It has not often been debated whether U. phantasticus and U. ebenaui are the same species. The current debate lies in just how many cryptic species compose the species we currently refer to as U. phantasticus, U. ebenaui, U. finiavana, and U. malama.
5. U. ebenaui and U. phantasticus (as we currently refer to them) are most easily differentiated based on tail length, not number and size of spines.