Scientist Find a New Species of Lizard in Peru´s Manu National Park

Friday March 21, 2014
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Scientist Find a New Species  of Lizard in Peru´s Manu National Park

One of the most attractive aspects of Peru is its Manu National Park, considered by UNESCO in 1987 as a World Natural Heritage Site. When you visit Peru and this astounding park, you may want to search for a new, small animal discovered. Scientist recently found a new species of lizard called Potamites Erythrocularis. This little creature was roaming about the upper part of the park in the Kosñipata Valley forests in the southeast Cusco region at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,100 meters. This lizard was found thanks to scientific expeditions beginning in 2009 by scientists Alessandro Catenazzi, German Chavez, and a group of biologists and rangers from the Park.

According to the National Service of Protected Areas by the State, the Potamites Erythrocularis is different from others of its kind by its undivided frontonasal scales, a red ring around the eye in males, the absence of femoral pores in females, and its messy keeled scales on the back. During the wet season months from November to April, the lizard is very active throughout the day and night and hunts invertebrates, but in the dry season months of May to October, the lizard is less active. When you travel to Peru be sure to visit this lizard and many more animals in the Manu National Park.

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