Scientists discover ‘extremely unexpected’ gecko species and immediately warn it is at threat of extinction from humans

A new species of bent-toed gecko has been discovered by biologists on an isolated mountain in northern Cambodia.

Describing the find as “extremely unexpected”, scientists have warned the species could be lost as suddenly as it was detected because of the gold mining which threatens the small lizard’s forest habitat.

Biologist Thy Neang discovered the reddish-brown gecko with grey stripes and distinctive yellow spots – since named Cyrtodactylus phnomchiensis – during a field survey of the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary on the Phnom Chi mountain.

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