Three new Species of “Dwarf Dragon” Discovered in Andes

new species of woodlizards

Recently, researchers discovered three new species of woodlizards from Andean cloud forest of Peru.

Thus far, fifteen different species of woodlizards have been spotted. Majority of these species are found from lowland tropical rainforest of Panama and South America.

Woodlizards, commonly known as dwarf dragons, are about three to six inches long. The specie is bright in color. The sleep pattern and timings of these animals are similar to humans.

Several years ago, scientists used to believe that it is a group of low diversity. However, a few latest discoveries propose that there are lots of undiscovered dwarf dragons in the world.

Omar Torres Carvajal from Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History discussed the research in a press conference. He notifies that number of known woodlizards of species have doubled in the last few years. The discovery confirms that the range of the reptiles had been “miscalculated”.

Researchers analyzed and compared DNA of numerous specimens. Eventually, they concluded that all new species belongs to same gene. Nevertheless, they are dissimilar from their relatives in terms of scale arrangements and color. The newly discovered species are known as Enyalioides anisolepis, Enyalioides sophiarothschildae and Enyalioides altotambo.

Ensyalioides altotambo, dubbed as Alto Tambo, is named after a village located in Ecuador.

The latest discovery is explained in detail in the Journal Zookeys.

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