New Gecko Species From Vietnam Discovered

HomeNews RSS FeedLizard Information & News

New Gecko Species From Vietnam Discovered

Cyrtodactylus kingsadai is the 25th species discovered in the Southeast Asian nation since 1997.

Tetrapodophis amplectus Is A Lizard And Not A Snake, Researchers Say
Two Fan-Throated Lizard Species Discovered In India
Video: Fossil Discovered In The Early 2000s Is Of Oldest Known Lizard, Researchers Say

A new species of gecko was recently discovered in Vietnam at Dai Lanh Cape in Phu Yen province by Vietnamese researchers Phung My Trung, Minh Duc Le, and Truong Quang Nguyen and German researcher Thomas Ziegler. The lizard, Cyrtodactylus kingsadai is nocturnal and was found in abundance along coastal areas of the province. The toed lizard is just under four inches in body length.

Bent-toed gecko


Advertisement

Photo by Phung My Trung

Bent toed gecko discovered in Vietnam at Dai Lanh Cape in Phu Yen province.

 


Want to Learn More?

Cool and Interesting Geckos

Advertisement

Colorful Lizard From the Family Agamidae Discovered in Vietnam

Vietnamese Golden Gecko Breeding

Vietnamese Flying Frog Discovered Less Than 100 Kilometers From Ho Chi Minh City

 

Advertisement

It is light brown in coloration with dark lines running vertically on the back with white raised dots present on the lighter shades of the body. According to researcher Phung My Trung, the male of the species was difficult to locate, as it apparently appears only during mating season. During four herping expeditions to the region, the researchers located just three male lizards.

The lizard was named after the late Lao researcher Phouthone Kingsada of the National University of Laos, an expert on the Cyrtodactylus family of geckos. Kingsada was working on describing this lizard last year when he died of dengue, according to the English language Vietnamese news site VietnamNet. In 1997, only three species of gecko of the Cyrtodactylus family were described in the country. Since then, 25 more species of gecko in this family have been described from Vietnam.