A huge new gecko, hiding in plain sight

Main report: New species of large gecko discovered
(The Hindu)

Scientific Paper: Comptes Rendus Biologies   
New Taxa: Hemidactylus kangerensisis
Species named for: Chhattisgarh’s Kanger Ghati National Park
Categories: New Species | Reptiles
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Growing to over eight inches long, the adult Kanger valley rock gecko is fairly large. The researchers found them in abandoned houses in Kanger Ghati National Park and juveniles on termite mounds and tree trunks. Though several researchers and reptile buffs had spotted the species before, they had mistaken it for the commonly-found rock gecko which it resembles.

Kanger valley rock gecko, Hemidactylus kangerensis. Photo by Zeeshan Mirza

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