King And Knight: Two New Gecko Species Discovered

Posted: Feb 11 2016, 11:57am CST | by , Updated: Feb 12 2016, 2:35pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

King and Knight: Two New Gecko Species Discovered
This image shows the previously known gecko species Cyrtodactylus novaeguineae from the southern slopes of the Central Cordillera of New Guinea. Credit: S. Richards
  • Two newly discovered Gecko species are named ‘Knight’ & ‘King’!

The large gecko species were discovered in New Guinea by a team led by Dr. Paul Oliver.

New Guinea has always had an extremely complex geological history. The animals and plants in the area have always made a name for themselves. Two new gecko species were recently found in the area.

The unusually large gecko species were discovered by a team led by Dr. Paul Oliver. Dr. Oliver is from the Australian National University and University of Melbourne.

The species have been given noble names that are ‘Knight’ and ‘King’ respectively. The species have been described in a paper published in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

Both ‘Knight’ and ‘King’ belong to the gecko genus Cyrtodactylus which is the worlds most diverse. The genus comprises of more than 200 gecko species.

All of them vary greatly in size, build and colouration. The reptiles are also known as bent-toed or bow-fingered geckos, due to distinctive slender curved toes. The particular gecko species are commonly found in Asia and Australia.

The name ‘King’ was given to the gecko because it can grow up to a vast size. The gecko ‘King’ can grow up to 17 cm. It was also found the females of the genus ‘King’ are slightly bigger than the males.

All the specimens have either four or five dark brown blotches or bands. The bands are running down the original tails of the gecko. The other name ‘Knight’ is Latin for Cyrtodactyulus equestris.

The ‘Knight’ has a length of up to 14 cm in females, with a large head and neck. In addition the Knight has alternating regions of light and medium brown.

The King seems to prefer the lowlands of the New Guinea forests. While the Knight seems to prefer the undisturbed hill or lower montane forests of northern New Guinea.

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