Two new Australian lizard species discovered


This video from Australia says about itself:

BARROW ISLAND BLUES sung by Paul Hunt

24 September 2013

A song about workers at the world’s largest natural gas project (Gorgon Project).

Living on Barrow Island off the coast of Western Australia.

Another video from Australia used to say about itself:

Fears for Barrow Island

Environment groups are concerned a record new gas deal will endanger several species of animal.

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

Lizard discoveries in the Pilbara

Updated Wed May 26, 2010 10:24am AEST

Two new species of lizard have been discovered in the Pilbara.

The reptiles were found during recent field trips led by the Department of Environment and Conservation, the WA Museum and two eastern state’s universities.

Reptile expert Paul Doughty believes the Mosaic Desert Skink and Northern Beak-faced Gecko are previously unknown and are not found anywhere else in the world.

“When you get out there in a place like the Pilbara you can actually pick up brand new species if you know what you’re looking for.

“The Northern Beak-faced gecko, this is a very cute lil’ fella. He is 6-8 centimetres long, has a very sharp face. They’re red with white pale yellowy spots.

“The Mosaic Desert Skink is a pretty skink with sort of fine checkerboard pattern with yellow and brown along the back and it’s got sort of bands around the tail and a yellowy head and it’s quite a handsome beast.”

The WA Museum says the new species are found in a wide enough area that mining activities should not threaten their survival.

A new species of Pygopus (Pygopodidae; Gekkota; Squamata) from north-eastern Queensland: here.

Along the warm coastal lowlands of New South Wales, the yellow-bellied three-toed skink lays eggs to reproduce. But individuals of the same species living in the state’s higher, colder mountains are almost all giving birth to live young: here.

Secretive Gecko Actually 4 Separate Species: A gecko that hides out in West Africa is actually four distinct gecko species: here.

June 2010: The West African forest gecko, a secretive but widely distributed species in forest patches from Ghana to Congo, is actually four distinct species that appear to have evolved over the past 100,000 years due to the fragmentation of a belt of tropical rain forest: here.

USA: Southeastern Five-lined Skink Eumeces inexpectatus: here.

Cyrtodactylus dumnuii (Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new cave-dwelling gecko from Thailand: here.

Two Cute Baby Madagascan Gold Dust Geckos Hatch at Blackpool Sea Life Centre Aquarium: here.

Mauritius worried by proliferation of gecko of Madagascar: here.

ScienceDaily (June 1, 2010) — The West African forest gecko, a secretive but widely distributed species in forest patches from Ghana to Congo, is actually four distinct species that appear to have evolved over the past 100,000 years due to the fragmentation of a belt of tropical rain forest , according to a report in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: here.

Sticky Weather Makes for Sticky Geckos: here.

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