New species of toed lizard found in southern Vietnam

TN News

Email Print

Cyrtodactylus kingsadai

Vietnamese and German scientists have discovered a new species of toed lizard in Dai Lanh Cape, Tuy Hoa District, Phu Yen Province.

This is the 29th species of its kind identified in Vietnam so far.

The information was published in the July 15 issue of Zootaxa, the world's leading magazine for taxonomy, based in New Zealand.

The new toed lizard belongs to the genus Cyrtodactylus and is named Cyrtodactylus kingsadai, after Phouthone Kingsada, a researcher with the Lao National Universtiy, who made significant contributions to studying this genus of lizard before he died late last year.

Cyrtodactylus kingsadai is around 94 millimeters long, not including its tail. It has a light brown body with a dark line on the back of its neck and four other dark lines on its body.

Phung My Trung, a member of the research team, was quoted in a VnExpress report on July 17 as saying that there are quite a lot of this new species of toed-lizard at the Dai Lanh Cape. They usually show up in the night for food and hide into the caves during the day.

"The male only appears when it is the mating season. After studying the region during four different periods of the year, the research team only found three male lizards," he said.

Like us on Facebook and scroll down to share your comment

More Education/Youth News