Two species of lizards discovered in Siem Reap’s Phnom Kulen park
Two unknown species of lizards have been discovered at Kbal Spean, an Angkorian-era archaeological site in Phnom Kulen National Park, Banteay Srei district, Siem Reap province. They have been named calotes goetzi and the curved-footed gecko.
The Angkor Center for the Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) said in a recent Facebook post that ACCB was assisted in field studies leading to the discovery of a new type of agamid lizard, the calotes goetzi. . This species is distributed over a large area including Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
Calotes goetzi is named after Dr. Goetz, one of ACBC’s biggest supporters. The ACBC team contributed to the research that led to the discovery of the new species, according to the organization’s official Facebook page.
The other find was a gecko with curved toes. This species of lizard lives in small areas such as isolated mountainous areas in Asia and Australia, according to the ACBC. This gecko or Cyrtodactylus kulenensis is also nicknamed “Kulen Mountain with Curved Ends”, where the word Kulenensis represents Kulen Mountain.
“Not only do we focus on ex-situ conservation, but we are also involved in in-situ conservation,” said ACBC.
In a Facebook post on May 20, Banteay Srei District Governor Khim Finan said the two new species were found in trees and sandstone slabs in the park. They were first seen by ACBC researchers based in the district.
Finan called on the public, especially tourists, to visit Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean to see these two rare and beautiful animals.