New species of bent-toed gecko found at Agasthyamalai
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A group of researchers has discovered a new species of bent-toed gecko from Agasthyamalai hills in the Western Ghats recently.
IMPORTANT FACTS -
About the new Species :
Scientific name - Cyrtodactylus aravindi
The species has been given the common name Aravind’s ground gecko after noted malacologist (a branch of zoology that deals with molluscs) N A Aravind.
It has been described on the basis of variation and its specificity in molecular DNA data.
It has so far been found only at two locations, Muppanddal and Thuckalay, in Kanyakumari district within the Agasthyamalai biosphere reserve in Tamil Nadu.
This new species has been described in the journal Vertebrate Zoology.
About Gecko :
Geckos are reptiles and are found on all continents except Antarctica.
These are colorful lizards adapted to habitats ranging from rainforests, desserts to cold mountain slopes.
Most geckos are nocturnal, they are active at night.
Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve :
It was established in 2001.
It straddles the border of Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram Districts in Kerala and Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari Districts in Tamil Nadu, South India at the southern end of the Western Ghats.
It consists mostly of tropical forests.
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