Bumblebee Gecko Strikingly Striped

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Dubbed Nactus kunan—kunan meaning “bumblebee” in the local Nali language—the black-and-gold striped animal belongs to a genus of slender-toed geckos, a new study says.

That means “these guys don’t have the padded, wall-climbing toes like the common house gecko or the day gecko in the car-insurance commercials,” study co-author Robert Fisher, a biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center in San Diego, said in a statement.

In 2010 Fisher was searching for invasive brown tree snakes on Manus Island (map) when locals brought him two specimens of the odd-colored animal, which appears to live nowhere else.

It’s unknown how many of the roughly 5-inch-long (13-centimeter-long) geckos exist, or if the species is threatened, according to the study.

source : http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/04/120423-bumblebee-gecko-new-species-science-papua-new-guinea/?source=hp_dl1_news_gecko20120425


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