New gecko species
- Odisha’s forest department rolls out conservation plan for new gecko species discovered in Ganjam.
- The species was first spotted within the premises of a temple at Humma in Ganjam district in 2014.
- The team traced its habitat to Jhadeshawar sacred grove.
- This area is the only habitat for this rare species, as the species was never found on concrete walls or below rock boulders unlike other members of the genus.
- They feed on ants, termites, small roaches, spiders and beetles.
- The new species is the seventh Indian species of the genus, the second from the northern Eastern Ghats and 41st globally.
- It is the first non-island species of the genus.