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Cnemaspis rashidi

7th November, 2023 Environment

Cnemaspis rashidi

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  • A new species of gecko has been discovered in the Western Ghats near Rajapalayam in Viridhunagar district of Tamil Nadu.
  • It has been named as Cnemaspis rashidi.


  • The new species was found at an altitude of 1,245 metres at Kottamalai estate near Rajapalayam.
  • So far, 93 species of gecko have been documented and this is the 94th species.
  • The new species is also called Rashid’s dwarf gecko as it is the smallest among the genus.
  • It is approximately two inches long from its snout to vent.
  • The dwarf gecko has been found in small numbers and it is endemic to the Western Ghats.


  • Geckos are small, mostly carnivorous lizards that have a wide distribution.
  • They are found on every continent except Antarctica.
  • These colorful lizards have adapted to habitats from rain forests, to deserts, to cold mountain slopes.
  • Geckos shed their tails if a predator grabs them.
  • Like other reptiles, geckos are ectothermic, producing very little metabolic heat.


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