In an article published in the open-access journal PeerJ, Professor of Biology Robert Espinoza and colleagues at La Sierra University, the University of Kansas, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Villanova University, and Flora and Fauna International of Yangon, Myanmar formally describe two new species of gecko, and place them within a reconstruction of evolutionary relationships among other species in the genus Cyrtodactylus. As the authors note, the region of Myanmar where the new species are found is likely to harbor more undocumented biodiversity:
As more lowland hilly areas bordering, and within the Ayeyarwady Basin are surveyed, more new species of this group are likely to be discovered. These discoveries continue the recent surge of descriptions of new species of Cyrtodactylus that are being discovered in Myanmar.
Image: Cyrtodactylus meersi sp. nov., one of the new species described (Grismer et al. 2018, Figure 7.)
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