Reptiles

Three new species of chameleons, from Central Africa

Three new species of chameleons, from Central Africa

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery June 22, 2017 at 11:16 am

A team of herpetologists, led by Dr. Eli Greenbaum, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso, has discovered three new species of chameleons. The reptile trio, historically thought to be a single species, was found in different parts of the Albertine Rift in Central Africa.  The specimens were collected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between 2009 and 2014.  There are 206 described species of chameleons. “As chronicled the forthcoming book by the paper’s author, in Eli Greenbaum, Ph.D, “Emerald Labyrinth: A Scientist’s Adventures in the Jungles of the Congo,” the coming years will almost certainlyRead More

Boa not seen for 64 years, rediscovered alive after ‘wanted posters’ posted

Boa not seen for 64 years, rediscovered alive after ‘wanted posters’ posted

Lazarus Species, Reptiles June 20, 2017 at 11:18 am

1953 was the last time any researcher saw a Cropan’s boa (Corallus cropanii) alive, which lives in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest south of São Paulo. Since then, the snake—thought to be the rarest boid in the world—has been recorded by scientists just five times. In January, a 1.7-meter-long female was captured by a group of rural workers in January.  The recently-captured boa is lucky: One of its captors was about to hack it to death, when the other two recalled “wanted signs” that had been posted by researchers from the University of São Paulo’s Museum of Zoology and the Butantan Institute,Read More

Chameleon discovered again, after 180 years

Chameleon discovered again, after 180 years

Lazarus Species, New Species, Reptiles June 20, 2017 at 9:31 am

Distinctive white dots on its shoulders helped researchers realize the new species had been collected before, in the 1830s by a naturalist in the Dutch East Indies government, but never named nor described.    

A wolf snake from Indonesia

A wolf snake from Indonesia

New Species, Reptiles June 20, 2017 at 9:17 am

This new white-ringed snake has sharp, powerful fangs like the venomous snakes, and characteristic of wolf snakes.  

New Species of Fijian Iguana

New Species of Fijian Iguana

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery June 7, 2017 at 3:35 pm

The new species of lizard, Brachylophus gau, is one of only four living species of South Pacific iguana, and is restricted to the island of Gau, Republic of Fiji.   The first known recording of iguanas on Gau Island dates back to an expedition in the mid-19th century. In 1854, the survey ship HMS Herald carried Scottish naturalist John MacGillivray to the Fiji islands, where he chronicled his encounters with native wildlife in his journal.  MacGillivray’s journal entries were used with live observations and museum specimens to confirm and describe the new species. The discovery of the new species of lizard —Read More

Literally lost in the early 1800’s, a monitor lizard species is rediscovered in Papua New Guinea

Literally lost in the early 1800’s, a monitor lizard species is rediscovered in Papua New Guinea

Lazarus Species, New Species, Reptiles May 9, 2017 at 7:59 am

A monitor lizard lost to science in an 1800s shipwreck has been rediscovered on New Ireland, an island in Papua New Guinea. The medium-size monitor, Varanus douarrha, was first identified by French naturalist René Lesson in 1823. The specimen of the lizard collected by Lesson went down in a shipwreck off the Cape of Good Hope in 1824, however, so the monitor lizard was never systematically studied.  Varanus douarrha is now identified as a distinct from a the common mangrove monitor species (Varanus indicus) found all over New Guinea.  

A new skink described from East Malaysia (Borneo)

A new skink described from East Malaysia (Borneo)

New Species, Reptiles May 8, 2017 at 8:02 am

A new species of the genus Tropidophorus is described from Sarawak, East Malaysia (Borneo).

To new species of geckos in the proposed Lenya National Park, Myanmar

To new species of geckos in the proposed Lenya National Park, Myanmar

New Species, Reptiles April 17, 2017 at 10:42 am

Scientists have discovered two new species of geckos in the proposed Lenya National Park, Thailand — currently the Lenya and Nga Wun Reserve Forests — located in the country’s southern Tanintharyi Region.  Myanmar is currently home to 18 named species of bent-toed geckos, four of which are found in forests located in the Tanintharyi Region and neighboring Mon State.

A new species of gecko from India’s Satpura Tiger Reserve

A new species of gecko from India’s Satpura Tiger Reserve

New Species, Reptiles April 14, 2017 at 1:36 pm

About the size of a human palm, the reptile was not easy to find: It’s active at night, dwells on vertical cliffs, and looks a lot like its close relatives.

Three new species of groundsnake from Ecuador

Three new species of groundsnake from Ecuador

New Species, Reptiles March 22, 2017 at 9:30 am

The newfound species add to Earth’s most diverse snake genus—and one of them is already critically endangered.   Atractus cerberus, lives along the borders of forests within Ecuador’s Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, hiding under rocks and logs.  Just a few miles down the road from the snake’s habitat, within Ecuador’s Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, more than 1,200 acres of forest have been stripped bare—for a massive oil refinery . The denuded landscape reminded the researchers who discovered the snake of the underworld, Cerberus, who “guarded” hell’s gates., giving name to the new snake. See also other recent report of two species of Atractus.  

A review of diminutive day geckos from Sumatra reveals five new species

A review of diminutive day geckos from Sumatra reveals five new species

New Species, Reptiles March 1, 2017 at 1:22 pm

The five new species occur in the Sumatran provinces of Aceh, North Sumatra, and West Sumatra.  Authors also provide a new key and redescriptions for three previously recognized species: Cnemaspis dezwaani ,C. modiglianii, and C. whittenorum, based on recently collected material, and clarify contradictory information concerning their original descriptions and their key under each species account.

New Species of Gecko can Squirm Right Out of its Skin

New Species of Gecko can Squirm Right Out of its Skin

New Species, Reptiles February 7, 2017 at 9:42 am

Fish-scale geckos have large scales that tear away with ease, leaving them free to escape whilst the predator is left with a mouth full of scales. A newly discovered species in Madagascar is the master of this art, possessing the largest scales of any gecko.  Geckolepis megalepis is the first Geckolepis species to be described in 75 years.

Three new species of rock geckos from the Thai-Malay Peninsula

Three new species of rock geckos from the Thai-Malay Peninsula

New Species, Reptiles January 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Three new species of Rock Geckos Cnemaspis lineogularis sp. nov., C. phangngaensis sp. nov., and C. thachanaensis sp. nov. of the chanthaburiensis and siamensis groups are described from the Thai portion of the Thai-Malay Peninsula. These new species are distinguished from all other species in their two respective groups based on a unique combination of morphological characteristics, which is further supported by mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from the NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 gene (ND2).

Description of two new Atractus from the Brazilian Amazon

Description of two new Atractus from the Brazilian Amazon

New Species, Reptiles January 27, 2017 at 2:43 pm

The authors describe two new species of Atractus with 15 dorsal scale rows, previously confused with Atractus insipidus, from the eastern and western portions of Brazilian Amazonia, respectively.  

A new day gecko from India

A new day gecko from India

New Species, Reptiles December 27, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Cnemaspis flaviventralis, a new species of day gecko, is described from the forests of Amboli, Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra State, northern Western Ghats, India.

A new species of colubrid snake recognized from a population in Israel

A new species of colubrid snake recognized from a population in Israel

New Species, Reptiles December 25, 2016 at 2:43 pm

A population from the Negev Mountain area in southern Israel is described as a new species. Rhynchocalamus dayanae.  

A giant gecko from the East Melanesian Islands

A giant gecko from the East Melanesian Islands

New Species, Reptiles December 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm

This new gecko species is exceptionally large, reaching 130-150 mm in length, and brown in colour and mottled with patches of lighter brown, white, black and orange.

Two New Species of Ground Dwelling Geckos from Southern India

Two New Species of Ground Dwelling Geckos from Southern India

New Species, Reptiles November 16, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Two new species of nocturnal ground dwelling geckos have been discovered in the Mysore Plateau of Southern India.

Two new lizards with ‘heroic past’ discovered in the Chilean Andes

Two new lizards with ‘heroic past’ discovered in the Chilean Andes

New Species, Reptiles November 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Two new species of lizards have been discovered in the Andean highlands of Southern Chile. Collected from areas of heroic past, both small reptiles were named after courageous tribal chiefs who have once fought against colonial Spaniards in the Arauco war.

A semi-aquatic  anole from Mexico

A semi-aquatic anole from Mexico

New Species, Reptiles October 23, 2016 at 11:56 am

A new semi-aquatic anole from the Chimalapas region of eastern Oaxaca and adjacent southeastern Veracruz, Mexico.  The lizard was found sleeping on low vegetation within one metre of a stream, on boulders or logs in or along streams; on boulders, logs, or wet leaf litter; or within boulder crevices near small waterfalls. The type locality is a corridor of closed-canopy forest surrounded by highly disturbed areas.