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| Last Updated:: 20/04/2015

New species of gecko found

 

Zoologists say Hampi and surrounding areas are potentially rich in biodiversity and needs research to identify new species of smaller creatures.

 

A new species of the day gecko, a type of lizard usually found in warm climates, has been spotted at the ruins of the World Heritage Site of Hampi in Karnataka. The gecko has been named Cnemaspis adii after a young herpetology researcher from Hyderabad, Aditya Srinivasulu.

 

The discovery of the gecko and its name were published in the journal Zootaxa this month by researchers Chelmala Srinivasulu, G. Chethan Kumar and Bhargavi Srinivasulu from the zoology wing of Osmania University in Hyderabad.