19 new gecko species discovered in Myanmar

Main report: La Sierra biologist leads discovery of 19 new geckos in war-torn Myanmar
(La Sierra University)
Other Reporting: Mongabay, La Sierra University, Phys.org, New Scientist
Scientific Paper: Journal of Natural History   
New Taxa: Hemiphyllodactylus tonywhitteni, Hemiphyllodactylus linnwayensis, Hemiphyllodactylus montawaensis
Species named for: FFI Senior advisor Dr Tony Whitten
Categories: New Species | Reptiles
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Aided in the search by monks and armed guards, a team of scientists has found an astonishing fifteen, and perhaps nineteen new gecko species in limestone hills in Myanmar.  The geckos all live in the same small area.  The discoveries were made over a two-week period in October 2016, and included 12 new species of bent-toed gecko from the genus Cyrtodactylus and three dwarf geckos from the genus Hemiphyllodactylus.   Author Lee Grismer is currently analyzing another 4 species.  Research was supported by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum at Brigham Young University.   Forthcoming publication about the bent-toed geckos will be published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

A new species of Cyrtodactylus discovered in Myanmar. Photo by L. Lee Grismer.

 

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