Tejas, the son of Maharashtra CM, discovers new species of lizards

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Maha CM’s son, Tejas, discovers new species of lizards

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Tejas Thackeray, younger son of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and his team have discovered a new species of Sakleshwar lizard in the west-central ghats of neighboring Karnataka.

According to a statement published here, the large-bodied cnemaspis (a genus of day geckos) they discovered is a “dwarf gecko”, adding that the new species is allied to cnemaspis heteropholis bauer and differs in size.

Akshay Khandekar, lead author of a paper prepared by the four-member team, said the new species of gecko was discovered in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot.

The article was published in the renowned international peer-reviewed scientific journal Zootaxa, he said.

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