Scientists have discovered a new species of paragliding geckos in India, according to a May study published in Nature, highlighting the lack of comprehensive documentation of the region’s biodiversity.
The wide-eyed and smiling reptiles, discovered by researchers while surveying the gecko population in northeastern India.
Although the creature is scientifically named Gekko Mizoramensis (Parachute Geckos), scientists call them that because they glide from one tree to another.
The animals use flaps of skin alongside their bodies and tails to glide through the air.
Parachute geckos live across Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia, but this is the first time researchers clocked the new species in India, according to the study.
Scientists found that the geckos discovered in India are distinct from other types of parachute geckos, some of which can glide up to 200 feet.
The Gekko mizoramensis are nocturnal and use scent simulations to protect themselves as they fly. The reptiles were most active around the onset of dusk, hunting and ambushing their prey, which includes beetles, roaches, moths, and other insects, according to the study.
Investigators captured the geckos by hand while conducting surveys in India. All the reptiles were found at heights about 150 to 360 cm above the ground.
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