Two New Species Of Lizard Discovered In Peru
Researchers have discovered two new species of woodlizards in the mountain rainforests of Peru.
Both the species were found in Cordillera Azul National Park, which was created in 2001 to protect the largest mountain rainforest in the country.
One of the newly-found species is named Enyalioides azulae (3.9 inches long). It was named after the Spanish word "azul" (blue) referring to the park where the species was discovered. The other lizard species - Enyalioides binzayedi (4.7 inches long) - is named after the sponsor of the field survey Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
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Both species take their place along with 10 other species in the genus Enyalioides. Of the ten known species, three were described in last 5 years. This suggests that more lizards could be waiting to be discovered in the unexplored areas of the region, said the researchers.
"Thanks to these discoveries, Peru becomes the country holding the greatest diversity of woodlizards," lead author Pablo Venegas of Peru's Center for Ornithology and Biodiversity, or CORBIDI, said in a release from Pensoft Publishers. "Cordillera Azul National Park is a genuine treasure for Peru, and it must be treated as a precious future source of biodiversity exploration and preservation!"
The males of both the species have distinctive green patterns before a dark brown and black background. The two species share the same territory with only a slight difference in altitude ranges. This "makes their biological divergence intriguing from an evolutionary point of view," said the researchers.
The details of the findings are published in the journal Zoo Keys.
Click here to see the images of the new lizard species - Enyalioides binzayedi.
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