New species of lizard discovered in the hills of Attappady | gecko india | Kerala| science| lizard
Kozhikode: A team of researchers has identified a new species of large-bodied lizard from the Attappady Hills in the Western Ghats of Kerala. The rock-dwelling gecko-like lizard identified in the drier parts of the Ghats belongs to the genus Hemidactyl.
Unlike other geckos, the newly discovered species has a snout-vent length of about 10 cm. It has a dull brown color in the dorsal part and light yellow in the lower part.
The new species was discovered during the survey conducted by researchers from Kerala Forest and Research Institute (KFRI), Zoological Survey of India, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bombay Natural History Society and the Senckenberg Natural History Museum of Germany. . Sandeep Das, Surya Narayanan, Muhammad Jafer Palot, Deepak Veerappan, Saunak Pal and Siddharth were included in the research team.
The team compiled a report based on their findings and it was published in Vertebrate Zoology, an international scientific journal from Germany.
We learn that there are about 180 species of lizards under the genus Hemidactylus. In this, 48 species are found in India, while in Kerala there are nine including the last.
Interestingly, the new species was named Hemidactylus easai in tribute to the former head of KFRI, Dr. PS Easa.