Friday, 20 April 2012

New 'Bumblebee' Gecko Species Creates Buzz

A new species of gecko with bumblebeelike black and yellow stripes has been discovered in Papua New Guinea.

Herpetologist Robert Fisher of the USGS Western Ecological Research Center found two bumblebee geckos in Sohoniliu Village on Manus Island in May 2010.

The lizard measures about 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) from head to tail, and in addition to its stripes, it sports rows of skin nodules, adaptations that enhance its camouflage on the tropical forest floor.
"We've officially named it Nactus kunan for its striking color pattern — kunan means 'bumblebee' in the local Nali language," Fisher said in a statement. "It belongs to a genus of slender-toed geckos, which means these guys don’t have the padded, wall-climbing toes like the common house gecko, or the day gecko in the car insurance commercials."

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