Scientists discover new species of gecko

November 10, 2008 5:18:42 AM PST
French scientists looking for new plants and animals in the forest canopy of a South Pacific Island say they've discovered a new gecko species.

The accidental discovery happened in 2006 during an expedition east of Australia.

A reptile specialist at France's National Museum of Natural History, says he first noticed a tiny lizard carcass accidentally hacked in half by one of the expedition climbers.

Climbers then harvested a plant with nine minuscule eggs. Researcher Ivan Ineich wrapped them in wet tissue, packed them into a pillbox and carried them 12,000 miles to the French capital.

There, he gave the eggs to a friend who raises lizards as a hobby. Eight of the nine babies died because of a power failure in their terrarium.

The museum says it's the first time a new lizard species has been catalogued based on an individual raised from an egg.


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