New Species Of ‘Dwarf Dragon’ Lizards Discovered In Andes Of Peru, Ecuador

April 7, 2015 10:14 AM

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New Species Of ‘Dwarf Dragon’ Lizards Discovered In Andes Of Peru, Ecuador

Scientists have discovered three new species of small dragon-like woodlizards in the Andean cloud forests of Peru and Ecuador. The trio has scale features, color and DNA that are different from those found in their closest relatives, scientists said in a study, published in the journal ZooKeys on Monday.

The latest discovery of the “dwarf dragon” lizards is a significant one given the fact that they are among the largest and most colorful lizards in South American tropical forests, scientists said in the study, adding that the new species increases the total number of species of woodlizards to 15.

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