10 Nov 2008

Previously unknown gecko species discovered in Vanuatu

2:29 pm on 10 November 2008

A previously unknown species of gecko has been discovered in Vanuatu by French scientists.

The Associated Press reports that the species, named Lepidodactylus bulel, was discovered by scientists after it hatched out of an egg at France's National Museum of Natural History.

The egg had earlier been discovered on Vanuatu's island of Espiritu Santo.

The 8-centimetre-long species is likely to be endemic to Vanuatu.

Overall, 21 percent of Espiritu Santo's described animal species are unique to the island.