Scientists discover new species of lizards in southern Peru

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A group of scientists have discovered a new species of lizard in a nature reserve area in Arequipa, southern Peru, the South American country’s National Service for Protected Natural Areas (Cernanab) said on Tuesday (28).

“The recent scientific discovery of a new species of lizard in the Cotawasi Sub-Basin Landscape Reserve, a protected natural area in the Arequipa region, represents a valuable contribution to Peruvian protected natural areas around the world”, indicates a press release from the entity. .

The new species, called Liolaemus warjantay, has been reported in the highlands near the Andes, above an elevation of 4,500 meters.

The discovery was made a few weeks ago as part of a scientific investigation involving experts from Peru, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.

The lizard is distinguished by the presence of a dark gray color on the dorsal part of the head, pale yellow eyelid scales in the case of females of the species and spots in thin curved transverse stripes that form small circles on the back.

In addition, the animal is distinguished from other species of its genus by the presentation of triangular scales on the soles of the feet and the absence of femoral pores.

The Cotahuasi Sub-Basin Landscape Reserve is a protected area in the Arequipa region, with an extension of 490,550 hectares, where 158 bird species have already been classified.


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