New nocturnal gecko species discovered in Madagascar

November 13, 2014 8:43 PM

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New nocturnal gecko species discovered in Madagascar

A new species of gecko has been found living among the crumbling remains of an old French fort in northern Madagascar. The gecko, nocturnal by nature, is a master of camouflage and seamlessly blends in with the surrounding rocks and fortress ruins, according to a new study.

Although researchers first found the new gecko species (Paroedura hordiesi) in 2004, when they spotted a male with a broken tail, a new genetic analysis and a close examination of its physical features now show that it is a distinct species.

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