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5 animals that live by moonlight



We think of the Sun as the almighty harbinger of life — and while that’s true, the Sun isn’t the only celestial body living things rely on.


Some plants and animals live their lives according to moonlight.


Here are 5 plants and animals that need moonlight to survive.


Once per year on the Great Barrier Reef, corals release sperm and eggs en masse — but only under a full moon.

Only under a full Moon, the Ephedra foeminea plant releases sweet, sticky nectar to attract pollinators to spread its pollen.

Gideon Pisanty (Gidip) / CC BY


Nocturnal species of dung beetles navigate their surroundings using polarized moonlight.

A full moon acts like an alarm clock for the tropical bird, Barau’s Petrel. Under the light of a full moon, the birds gather to mate.

Maans Booysen/Birding Weto

Even tiny animals like the marine worm Platynereis dumerilii take cues from moonlight. The tiny worms’ reproductive cycle follows the monthly lunar cycle.

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