Cyrtodactylus Arunachalensis | UPSC |

Cyrtodactylus Arunachalensis | UPSC | Why In The News ?

A new species of a ground-dwelling lizard has been discovered in Goregaon’s Aarey Colony and Thane’s Badlapur forested belts in Maharashtra.

Cyrtodactylus Arunachalensis | UPSC |

About Cyrtodactylus Arunachalensis : 

  • Cyrtodactylus Varadgirii or Giri’s Geckoella belongs to the genus Cyrtodactylus known in Southeast Asia, India and Sri Lanka.
  • It is a member of the subgenus Geckoella, which are small ground-dwelling geckos largely found in leaf litter in forests.
  • Earlier, this new species was considered as Geckoella Collegalensis, but based on morphological characters and DNA data it was described as a new species.
  • This new species is active during night and takes refuge under rocks and logs during the day
  • It is mostly seen moving among the leaf litter on the forest floor.
  • It grows to a length of around 6 centimetres.
  •  It is also known to live around human-dominated landscapes.

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