Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Luckiest Lizard Alive

And you thought Charles Johnson of LGF was lucky-- well take a look at this!

The species is almost certainly critically endangered, and might well have disappeared entirely without ever being catalogued had a large male specimen not been rescued alive from a hunter last June.

Finding such a distinctive species in a heavily populated, highly deforested location "comes as an unprecedented surprise," note the authors, writing in the journal Biology Letters.


Males have a double penis, called hemipenes, also found in some snakes and other lizards.

And they're going extinct?!?!? There should be twice as many!

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