11 Oct '17, 10am

Myanmar caves yield up 19 new gecko species

Myanmar caves yield up 19 new gecko species

Scientists have discovered 19 new species of strikingly patterned geckos within a small area of 56 miles by 31 miles in Myanmar. These geckos are most likely restricted to the limestone hills and towers within which they were found. Conservationists hope that these newly discovered animals can serve as "ambassadors" for the limestone hills, especially since many of these hills are being mined by cement companies. In a tiny, remote region of Myanmar, scientists have discovered 19 new species of strikingly patterned geckos. These lizards were found in isolated limestone hills and towers (known as karst) within a small area of 90 kilometers by 50 kilometers (56 miles by 31 miles), and are most likely restricted to these limestone blocks, the researchers say. “I was quite surprised both by the numbers but even more so by the close proximity of the species to one another,” Lee ...

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