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Cryptic Gecko Species Found Hidden in Mountains of Asia


Animals  (tags: discovery, wildlife, protection, gecko, Asia, new specie, found, endangered, conservation, AnimalWelfare, investigation )

Natalia
- 3312 days ago - blogs.nationalgeographic.com
Herp alert: A new species of South East Asian Cnemaspis gecko has been discovered in the rocky foothills of Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains.



   

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Past Member (0)
Monday March 29, 2010, 1:48 pm
thnx 4 the story
 

Teresa W (782)
Monday March 29, 2010, 2:20 pm
Interesting!
 

Ellinor S (41)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 10:40 am
thank you
 

sherrie e (147)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 11:41 am
These words haunt me:" It is endemic to the Cardamom Mountains, meaning it lives nowhere else on Earth, FFI said." I really hope they take care not to endanger this gecko.....There are many mysterious creatures in the wilds, what are left of them, I should say. I am amazed at the camoflage this little guy has! I guess this is why he has stayed hidden from humans for so long! Great post! TY, Natalia
 

Mary Hall (74)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 4:34 pm
The Cardamom mountains sound like a magical place, the largest tract of evergreen forest in asia. I wonder what other unknown treasures are in those mountains...With so many endangered & threatened species, it sounds like an area that should be protected & tread upon lightly. Thanks for the post!
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Wednesday March 31, 2010, 2:03 am
They find new species of animal and also destroys thousands of other species.
 

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Wednesday March 31, 2010, 2:40 am
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Naoko i (257)
Wednesday March 31, 2010, 3:10 am
Thanks for the post. I like geckos. Hope this new discovery does NOT lead to its extinction.
 

Jemstom J. (0)
Wednesday March 31, 2010, 3:47 am
They have a relatively ancient body plan characterised by a broad flattened head, large forward and upward directed eyes, flattened body, long widely splayed limbs, and long inflected digits that help them to climb trees and rock faces and seek refuge within crevices.

This is the second species of the Cnemaspis genus to be found in Cambodia. It is endemic to the Cardamom Mountains, meaning it lives nowhere else on Earth.

acekard 2i
 

Sharon Balloch (127)
Wednesday March 31, 2010, 4:18 am

Well you can see why it was able to hide from man so long.. as much as I am glad to see it I am sad it has been seen.
 
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