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Eublepharis Pictus

Eublepharis Pictus:

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.

  • The species, Eublepharis pictus, also known as the Painted Leopard Gecko, has been described in the journal Evolutionary Systematics.
  • Researchers had initially identified the specimen, as an East Indian Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis hardwickii).
  • This new species appears to be common in the forests of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
  • The gecko genus Eublepharis now has 7 species.
  • The new species differs from all members of the genus Eublepharis except for E hardwickii.
  • Geographically the two species appear to be separated by the Brahmani River.
  • Based on IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) conservation prioritization criteria, the researchers propose to list E pictus… and E hardwickii as Near Threatened (NT).