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Higher TaxaGekkonidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesOrnate Day Gecko 
SynonymPhelsuma ornatum GRAY 1825: 199
Phelsuma vinsoni MERTENS 1963
Phelsuma ornata vinsoni — HESELHAUS 1980
Phelsuma ornata — KLUGE 1993
Phelsuma ornata — BOUR 1995
Phelsuma ornata — BERGHOF 2005: 82
Phelsuma ornata — HALLMANN et al. 2008: 174 
DistributionMascarene Islands: Mauritius (Round Island, Gunner's Quoin, Coin de Mire)

Type locality: Sebastopol, Mauritius Island.

vinsoni: Type locality: Sebastopol, Mauritius; Holotype: SMF  
Reproductionoviparous 
Types 
CommentPhelsuma ornata inexpectata MERTENS 1966 has been elevated to full species status.

Size: Max length: 110 mm (females) - 130 mm (males)

Type: not in BMNH fide P. Campbell (pers. comm., 25 July 2014) 
Etymologyfrom Latin “ornatus” = ornated. 
References
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  • Bungard, Michael J.; Carl Jones, Vikash Tatayah, and Diana J. Bell 2014. The Habitat of Two Species of Day Geckos (Phelsuma ornata and Phelsuma guimbeaui) and Implications for Conservation Management in Island Ecosystems. Herp. Cons. Biol. 9 (3): - get paper here
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  • Gray, J.E. 1825. A synopsis of the genera of reptiles and Amphibia, with a description of some new species. Annals of Philosophy, 10:193—217 - get paper here
  • Hagey, Travis J.; Nik Cole, Daniel Davidson, Anthony Henricks, Lisa L. Harmon, and Luke J. Harmon 2016. Temporal Variation in Structural Microhabitat Use of Phelsuma Geckos in Mauritius Journal of Herpetology Mar 2016, Vol. 50, No. 1: 102-107. - get paper here
  • Hallmann, G.; Krüger, J. & Trautmann, G. 2008. Faszinierende Taggeckos. Die Gattung Phelsuma. 2. Aufl. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 253 pp. - get paper here
  • Harmon, L.J., & Gibson, R. 2006. Multivariate phenotypic evolution among island and mainland populations of the Ornate Day Gecko, Phelsuma ornata. Evolution 60 (12): 2622-2632 - get paper here
  • Heselhaus, Ralf 1994. Taggeckos. Ulmer-Verlag, Stuttgart, 92 pp.
  • Heselhaus,R. 1980. Phelsumen im Terrarium. Herpetofauna 2 (4): 9-10 - get paper here
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