‘Ghost snake’ discovered in Madagascar

Main report: ‘Ghost Snake’ Discovered in Madagascar
(LSU Media)
Other Reporting: Phys.org, Sci-News, Nature World News, CNN Videonews
Scientific Paper: Copeia   
New Taxa: Madagascarophis lolo
Species named for: "luu luu," which means ghost in Malagasy.
Categories: New Species | Reptiles
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Researchers found the ghost snake on a recently opened path within the well-traveled Ankarana National Park in northern Madagascar in February 2014. They studied the snake’s physical characteristics and genetics, which verified that it is a new species.

Madagascarophis lolo. Photo Credit: Sara Ruane, LSU

Madagascarophis lolo. Image credit: Sara Ruane.

Madagascarophis lolo. Image credit: Sara Ruane.

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