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Beauty of "The Andaman day gecko"

While we are on the morning birding trip, Shakti (@andaman_boy) found this little fellow from our vehicle(that was far away than my 500 mm lens). Hats off to his observation skill and eyesight, as it is too tough to spot(Look for 3rd image and see how its camouflaged)⁣



More details about the Gecko:-


The Andaman day gecko (Phelsuma andamanensis) is endemic to the Andaman Archipelago, located ~ 6000 km away from Madagascar where the genus Phelsuma likely evolved. We complemented existing phylogenetic data with additional markers to show that this species consistently branches off early in the evolution of the genus Phelsuma, and this early origin led us to hypothesize that island populations within the Andaman Archipelago could have further diversified.⁣

They are widespread in the Andaman Islands. One can often see a moving fleck of green on human-built structures, forests, betelnut palms, banana plants, and coconut palms. In addition to feeding on insects, this gecko relishes sweet fruits, pollen, and flower nectar. Males tend to be larger than females and can grow up to 13 cm long. They look prettier than females with their turquoise head and tail, but evolution isn’t as unfair as we think, because these colourful males could be more prone to predation. Females are evenly green in colour and are more challenging to spot when perched on a green background. They lay eggs in pairs — little white balls that stick to the surface where they are laid.⁣


Species detail and credit goes or below links.⁣



https://sustain.round.glass/species/andaman-day-gecko/⁣

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-68402-7 ⁣







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