Pasteur's day gecko

Pasteur's day gecko

Pasteur's day gecko

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Phelsuma v-nigra pasteuri

Pasteur's day gecko (Phelsuma v-nigra pasteuri Meier, 1984; synonym, Phelsuma pasteuri ) is a small diurnal subspecies of gecko. It lives in the Comoros and typically inhabits trees and bushes. Pasteur's day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.

Animal name origin

This subspecies (or species) is named pasteuri in honor of French herpetologist Georges Pasteur.

Appearance

This lizard belongs to the smallest day geckos. It can reach a maximum length of approximately 11 cm (4.3 in). The body colour is bright green. The tail may be bright blue. There is a red v-shaped stripe on the snout and a red bar between the eyes. On the back there often are a number of small red-brick coloured dots. Typical is the turquoise blue patch in the neck region, which may be segmented by a small red dorsal stripe. A yellow ring around the eye is present. This subspecies doesn't have the typical v-shaped marking on the throat The ventral side is yellowish.

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This subspecies only inhabits the island Mayotte in the Comoros.

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Phelsuma v-nigra pasteuri is found on bushes and trees along streams.

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Pasteur's day gecko habitat map
Pasteur's day gecko habitat map

Diet and Nutrition

These day geckos feed on various insects and other invertebrates. They also like to lick soft, sweet fruit, pollen and nectar.

References

1. Pasteur's day gecko Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasteur's_day_gecko
2. Pasteur's day gecko on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/199762/9126763

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