March 11, 2011

Ornate Day Gecko, Mauritius

Photograph by Mark W. Moffett, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

An ornate day gecko laps nectar from tree blossoms on Mauritius. Rare pollinators, bug-eating lizards may substitute on islands where neither pollinators nor predators are plentiful—filling a niche held by others on the mainland. Phelsuma ornata on Gastonia mauritiana, Mauritius

See more photographs from the March 2011 feature story "Gold Dusters."


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