Scientists Discover Three New Species of Dragon Lizards

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Researchers have found three new species of “Dwarf-dragon lizards” in South America.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund named the region as “epicenter of biodiversity”. There are more than 20,000 distinctive plants in that area. Up till now, researchers have uncovered approximately 1,500 remarkable vertebrates, birds and amphibians.

The newly discovered species are called Enyalioides altotambo Enyalioides anisolepis, and Enyalioides sophiarothschildae.

Researchers from Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History discovered the new species. They accidentally came across the species during an expedition in Tropical Andes. They collected numerous specimens for the purpose of analysis. The close analysis of DNA proposes that these are undiscovered species.  The specimens were also compared with the samples of natural history museums.

Astonishingly, researchers observed that approximately 40 percent of the woodlizards species are discovered in the last 7 years. The ratio shows that the land of Andean clouds was badly explore in the past.

Omar-Torres-Carvajal, one of the lead researchers, talked about the recent discovery. He informs that number of known species of woodlizards have been doubled since 2006. It indicates that these reptiles are much more diverse than all the previous assumptions.

The discovery was pretty shocking for researches as well. They were surprised that wood lizards are present in such a dense area.

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