Crytodactylus Exercitus

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  • February 19, 2022
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Crytodactylus Exercitus

Part of: Prelims and GS-III Biodiversity

Context: A team of herpetologists (someone who specializes in the study of reptiles and amphibians) have recorded a new species of bent-toed gecko from a wooded part of the Umroi Military Station in Meghalaya.

Key takeaways 

  • Its scientific name is Crytodactylus exercitus and English name is Indian Army’s bent-toed gecko.
  • The finding of the study was published in the latest issue of the European Journal of Taxonomy.
  • The paper recorded another new bent-toed gecko, the Cyrtodactylus siahaensis named after Mizoram’s Siaha district where it was found.
  • India is now home to 40 species of the bent-toed gecko with the northeast accounting for 16 of them.

Do you know?

  • Cyrtodactylus is a diverse genus of Asian geckos, commonly known as bent-toed geckos, bow-fingered geckos, and forest geckos. 
  • The genus has at least 300 described species as of 2020, which makes it the largest of all gecko genera.

News Source: TH

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