Scientist Discover New Lizard Species: Dwarf Dragons

April 7, 2015 6:24 AM

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Scientists have discovered three new species of dragon-like lizards in the Andes, South America. The newly discovered species of wood-lizards are called Enyalioides anisolepis, Enyalioides sophiarothschildae and Enyalioides altotambo. The region in which the lizards were discovered was described as being an epicenter of biodiversity by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, a conservation group. The area has 20.000 plants who have not been met anywhere else. In addition the researchers discovered around 1.500 incredible terrestrial vertebrates, including amphibians and birds. It seems that dwarf dragons are populating the forests in more varieties than scientist have previously thought.

Researchers from Peru (Pablo J. Venegas) and Ecuador (Omar Torres-Carvajal ) with the help of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, represented by Kevin de Queiroz, were the ones who discovered the new species in the Tropical Andes. The new species are different from their relatives re...

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