New species of lizard found in Southern Vietnam

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The new species of lizard of which feet have seperated toes found in Vietnam's southern province of Binh Phuoc

Ngo Van Tri of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, known for the discovery of several native Vietnamese species, has found a new lizard in Bu Dop Town in the southeastern province of Binh Phuoc.

Tri named the reptile Cyrtodactylus dati sp. nov. Ngo, 2013 after Professor Hoang Duc Dat, a pioneer of lizard studies in Vietnam, Sai Gon Tiep Thi reported February 22.

The discovery of Crytodactylus was first reported February 19 in the zoological journal ZOOTAXA.

With a maximum length of 70.1 millimeters, Cyrtodactylus is brown in color with ridges on its back and a short tail.

The reptile lives in the secondary evergreen canopy and is endangered as its habitats in the region have been used to grow rubber trees.

Cyrtodactylus dati sp. nov. Ngo, 2013 is the 26th species that Tri and his colleagues have discovered in Vietnam over the last eight years.

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