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About Cyrtopodion Vindhya

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Recently, a new species of naked-toed gecko (Cyrtopodion) has been discovered in Dahod and Panchmahals districts in Gujarat.

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GS III: Species in News

Newly Discovered Naked-Toed Gecko: Cyrtopodion Vindhya

  • The newly discovered reptile is named ‘Cyrtopodion Vindhya.’
  • It is the fifth endemic species of reptile described in the last fifteen years from Gujarat, India.
  • The new species is named after the Vindhya hill ranges.
  • The Palearctic naked-toed geckos of the genus Cyrtopodion are distributed across the arid regions of north Africa, Arabia, and Central Asia to northwestern India.
  • The taxonomic history of the genus Cyrtopodion has been unstable, and 23 species are currently recognized, with the diversity concentrated in Pakistan and Iran.
  • Cyrtopodion Vindhya is a nocturnal species and is associated with granite boulders.
  • It is mostly rupicolous, which means it lives among rocks, but it can also be found on the ground.

-Source: The Hindu


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