Post Tagged with: "Lizards"

Legless lizard discovered in Brazil, deemed critically endangered

Legless lizard discovered in Brazil, deemed critically endangered

New Species, Reptiles December 5, 2017 at 10:32 am

After reviewing major herpetological collections conducting fieldwork for more than 2 decades in Brazil, researchers came across a new species of legless lizard.  The authors propose a “Critically Endangered” extinction risk classification should be officially assessed and given to the new species.    

A worm lizard from Malaysia

A worm lizard from Malaysia

New Species, Reptiles December 5, 2017 at 10:10 am

A new species of worm lizard is described from the central highlands of Peninsular Malaysia.  This new member of a little-known and highly illusive genus of legless lizard which first looked like a ‘particularly scaly earthworm’ caught the author’s eye which turned out to be of a new species of worm lizard.  As stated by the author, “a joyful reminder to always take a closer look!”.

Golden eyed gecko discovered in wild and gruesome locale

Golden eyed gecko discovered in wild and gruesome locale

New Species, Reptiles November 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm

The golden-eyed gecko was known from a single specimen just sitting in the Queensland Museum, but had never been found in the wild.  The new gecko species is found in central Queensland and is thought to be endemic to the Brigalow Belt region. The species name  trux ” is Latin for wild, savage, harsh and pitiless, including instruments of human savagery, and also of the scene of such cruelty. This name was Chosen in reference to the only location known for Strophurus trux sp. nov. It is in the proximity of the “Marlborough stretch”, a section of the old Bruce Highway inRead More

19 new gecko species discovered in Myanmar

19 new gecko species discovered in Myanmar

New Species, Reptiles October 23, 2017 at 7:56 am

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 geckosRead More

A huge new gecko, hiding in plain sight

A huge new gecko, hiding in plain sight

New Species, Reptiles October 21, 2017 at 9:27 am

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.

A new species of Asian rock gecko

A new species of Asian rock gecko

New Species, Reptiles May 3, 2017 at 10:44 am

A new species of Asian rock gecko, genus Cnemaspis, is described from Padawan, western Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. The new species forms a clade with C. paripari and C. nigridia of the C. nigridia group in a mitochondrial DNA phylogeny and is similar to them morphologically in some characters such as caudal scalation.

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).