New Species of Plants and Animals Discovered

Species in news: Eublepharis pictus


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Prelims level : Eublepharis pictus

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A gecko found in Visakhapatnam in 2017, then thought to belong to a known species, has now been identified as a member of a new species.

Eublepharis pictus

  • The species, Eublepharis pictus, also known as the Painted Leopard Gecko, has been described in the journal Evolutionary Systematics.
  • Phylogenetic study and morphological comparisons have distinguished it as a new species.
  • It is endemic to the forests of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
  • The gecko genus Eublepharis now has 7 species.

Conservation status

  • The species occurs outside protected areas.
  • Most leopard geckos are killed when encountered.
  • Activists have called for raising awareness about the fact that the species is actually harmless.


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