New Indian lizard species discovered

Newly discovered lizard in India. Credit Bombay Natural History SocietyFrom Wildlife Extra:

New lizard species discovered in India

30/09/2009 14:50:59

Efforts on to highlight the rich bio-diversity of country’s most industrialised state

September 2009. Scientists from the Bombay Natural History Society, with help from Villanova University in the USA, have discovered a new species of lizard, named Cnemaspis kolhapurensis.

Cnemaspis are small lizards, generally seen in forests, although a few have been found in human habitations as well. In India the geckos of this genus are mostly known from the Western Ghats and a few from Eastern Ghats. This discovery comes soon after the recent discovery of two other species of lizards, Hemidactylus sataraensis and Hemidactylus aaronbaueri, in Maharashtra.

The new species was first seen by Mr Varad B Giri, Curator of the BNHS during a survey in the Western Ghats. Close observations about the lizard revealed interesting facts.

This species is known from only one locality; interestingly this locality is close to human habitation. This and the other two recent discoveries prove the fact that the Western Ghats region of Maharashtra has a unique diversity of amphibians and reptiles, which has still not been fully explored and studied. This region needs an immediate and serious attention. If not then India may lose many species before they are known to science.

A Satanic leaf-tailed gecko, a type of lizard that can camouflage itself to resemble a shrivelled autumn leaf, has been captured on camera in a stunning image: here.

Agama lizards: here.

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