From the tiniest of geckos inhabiting people's houses to huge monitor lizards of up to 3 metres, Southeast Asia's lizards have evolved to fill an amazing range of ecological niches. The shapes, colours and mode of life of the region's lizards is diverse in the extreme. New species are constantly being discovered, particularly in the biodiversity hotspot which is the island of Borneo. The most remarkable of the region's lizards are the gliding lizards or 'flying dragons' of the genus Draco. These highly evolved agamids possess a winged structure the patagium which allows them to glide long distances from tree to tree. The most diverse group of lizards are the smooth-bodied skinks : often overlooked, these elusive animals are masters at quietly disappearing from view.
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A new lizard species has been uncovered in Cambodia, a remarkable creature with a long, snakelike body, tiny legs and scales that shimmer with a rainbow-hued iridescence. In early , a small search team discovered the adult male near a stream, during a daytime trek through an evergreen forest in the remote northeast region of the country, near the Laotian border. Scientists typically wait to reveal such finds until an animal is officially described as a new species — a time-consuming process — thus the two-year lag between the discovery and announcement. Researchers dubbed the newfound reptile Lygosoma veunsaiensis , in honor of the place it was discovered, Cambodia's Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area.
All rights reserved. Elizabeth St. Lizards, I discovered, are not silent actors in the animal world. Some noteworthy noisemakers, Zani says, are Mediterranean house geckos , which squeak during fights and flirtatiously click to draw females.
All rights reserved. The lizard, found in Vietnam and named Calotes bachae , had long been thought to be another blue lizard species found in Myanmar and Thailand. A combination of genetic analysis and studying the size and scale characteristics of the animals revealed that the lizard belongs to a new species, according to an article in the January issue of the journal Zootaxa.