Weekly Current Affairs

New lizard species named after Indian scientist [Prelims, Biodiversity]

  • A new species of a ground-dwelling lizard has been discovered in Mumbai, 130 years after the last such gecko was discovered, and has been named after a Bengalurubased scientist Varad Giri.
  • The species, of the genus Cyrtodactylus known in Southeast Asia, India and Sri Lanka, is a member of the subgenus Geckoella, which are small ground-dwelling geckos largely found in leaf litter in forests.
  • This uncommon species is mostly seen moving among leaf litter on forest floor. It grows the length of around 6 cm.