New species of gecko found in Gujarat named after Vindhya hills

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Source: The post is based on the article “New species of gecko found in Gujarat named after Vindhya hills” published in the Hindustan Times on 20th March 2023.

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Recently, a new species of naked-toed gecko (Cyrtopodion Vindhya) has been discovered in Gujarat.

About Cyrtopodion Vindhya

Cyrtopodion Vindhya
Source: Hindustan Times

The newly discovered naked-toed gecko has been named ‘Cyrtopodion Vindhya’ and it is the fifth endemic species of reptile described in the last fifteen years from the state of Gujarat.

Distribution: The Palearctic naked-toed geckos of the genus Cyrtopodion are a group of gekkonid lizards distributed across the arid regions of north Africa, Arabia, and Central Asia to northwestern India.

Note: The taxonomic history of the genus Cyrtopodion has been unstable, and 23 species are currently recognized, with the diversity concentrated in Pakistan and Iran.

Named after: Vindhya hill ranges.

Characteristics: The newly discovered reptile is a nocturnal species, associated with granite boulders. Mostly rupicolous( living among rocks) in its habits but can be found on the ground as well.

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