19 Apr 2012

New gecko discovered in PNG

12:04 pm on 19 April 2012

A new species of gecko with bumblebee-like black and yellow stripes has been discovered in Papua New Guinea.

The US Geological Survey reports that its Herpetologist, Robert Fisher of the Western Ecological Research Center, found two bumblebee geckos on Manus Island in May 2010.

The lizard measures about 12 centimetres from head to tail, and in addition to its stripes, it sports rows of skin nodules, adaptations that enhance its camouflage on the tropical forest floor.

It's been officially named Nactus Kunan.

Two more species were found on the trip and await further analysis.

The expedition was a joint operation by the Smithsonian Institute and the US Department of Defense.

According to the reptile curator at the Papua New Guinea National Museum, Bulisa Iova, exploration of Manus Province is in its infancy, with many new species possible to be found.