Describing a new species can take years and years and years to do. Species are often studied on a myriad of subjects before they can be considered a new one. One study here shows what may be a new way of thinking in the process of evolution and eludes the typical theory of species evolving over time.
This article describes a few theories that reptile genetics might follow including parthenogenesis, how new parthenogenetic species might be created, and how they figured that this new hybrid lizard can be considered an actual new species. What do you think about that? Can a hybrid be considered a new species? Or perhaps a sub-species? If so, would you only consider a naturally-occuring hybrid to be a new species or would a laboratory generated hybrid fit the bill?
The worlds smallest frogs can be found in New Guinea. Here you can see Paedophryne dekot and Paedophryne verrucosa which are just barely longer than a tic tac! What an amazing world we live in. These tiny record-breaking croakers live in the leaf litter and mossy substrates of New Guinea forests. MongaBay has more information on these little frogs.
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What a spectacular specimen recently found in Indonesia. This new pit viper is a brilliant color.
Trimeresurus gunaleni was discovered by a group of herpetologists and researchers while studying the known species Trimeresurus sumanatrus. Lucky for both species, the terrain in which they thrive is hard to access and so there isn't much deforestation happening to their homes. We can only hope this remains the case in upcoming years.
To find out more about this beautiful snake, visit MongaBay.com where you can view the entire account written by Santiago Sáez Moreno and view more photographs of all the species that have been studied during this new discovery.
The nests of the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles have risen in numbers in the last fourteen years. In 2000 the number of known nesting sites had only been 154 sites. That rate has more than tripled since then to 468 nesting sites. Also, some great news is the number of poachings of this rare animal has decreased dramatically.
Sometimes news for endangered animals can be awesome, and this news is that and more. We're rooting for these creatures, and keep hopes high that many more endangered animals will have this same turn around.
Read more about this story on ScienceDaily.
Goodness, do I just love geckos. There are thousands of species of them in the world, and so many that haven't even been discovered yet. Recently, there's been a new species described in Thailand by scientists. It's exciting news, but also sad since we don't even know what we're missing out on species wise. There are forests and habitats being destroyed everywhere. What else is out there that we don't know about?
Cyrtodactylus saiyok is one of many new species coming up in Thailand. This species of gecko is a light colored gecko with dark contrasting bands. The common name used to describe it is the
Sai Yok bent-toed gecko. It's a small gecko that can get up to two and a half inches long. You can read more about this interesting and beautiful species in this article written by Mongabay.com. It also mentions a little bit about the process it takes to describing a new species.
Read more about this newly described species here.
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.