Two new lizards with ‘heroic past’ discovered in the Chilean Andes

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  • November 17, 2016
  • Two new species of lizards have been discovered in the Andean highlands of Southern Chile. Collected from areas of heroic past, both small reptiles were named after courageous tribal chiefs who have once fought against colonial Spaniards in the Arauco war. The study, conducted by a team of Chilean scientists, is published in the open […]

    Scientists identify northeast Mindanao as major ‘bull’s-eye’ of biodiversity

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  • October 18, 2016
  • Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. In a scientific report appearing Monday October 17th in the open access journal Zookeys, a team of researchers led by herpetologist Dr. Marites Sanguila of Father Saturnino Urios University announced that they have identified a new “epicenter” of southern Philippine biodiversity in amphibians and reptiles. The international team of herpetologists […]

    The Castaway: New monitor lizard fills top-order predator role on remote Pacific island

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  • February 25, 2016
  • Separated by several hundred kilometres from its next of kin, a new species of blue-tailed monitor lizard unique to the remote Mussau Island has been described. Unknown to science until recently and formally termed the “isolated”, it is the only large-sized land-living predator and scavenger native to the island. Dubbed a “biogeographical oddity” by its […]

    The third sister: Long-suspected third desert tortoise species proven to exist in Mexico

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  • February 11, 2016
  • The huge variability among the desert tortoise populations of Mexico has finally been given an explanation after casting doubts for several decades. The puzzle was solved by an international team of researchers, led by Dr. Taylor Edwards, The University of Arizona, who teamed up to find out whether there has been a previously unknown third […]

    New snake species with pitch black eyes from the Andes highlights hidden diversity

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  • December 4, 2015
  • Extremely rare and hidden in the forests of the Andes, there are still new snake species left to find. This has recently been evidenced by the colubrid serpent, described for the first time in the present article. Moreover, there is the vicious circle enwrapping its relatives: the harder it is to find more specimens, the […]

    Counting stars: Illegal trade of Indian star tortoises is a far graver issue

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  • November 10, 2015
  • Patterned with star-like figures on their shells, Indian star tortoises can be found in private homes across Asia, where they are commonly kept as pets. One can also see them in religious temples, praised as the living incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. How did they get there? Suspicious of a large-scale illegal international trade […]