New Species of Arboreal Lizard, Discovered after Dam Flooding in Amazonas

Main report: New Species of Arboreal Gymnophthalmid Lizard
(Catenazzi Lab)
Other Reporting: ResearchGate
Scientific Paper: Zootaxa    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Euspondylus excelsum
Species named for: Excelsum, from Latin, means tall, in reference to the habitat of the new species in the canopy of the tropical rainforest.
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The new species, named Euspondylus excelsum, is arboreal and was discovered when the lizard’s habitat was flooded by a hydroelectric project in the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Central Peru.  The flooding allowed researchers to access to the canopy of the trees of the area.  Specimens were observed on branches or bromeliads in the canopy that was still above water, suggesting the importance of canopy survey method to properly sample arboreal lizards and other canopy dwelling herpetofauna.

Euspondylus excelsum. Photo: Lesly Luján

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