Sitana Attenboroughii – Sitana Lizard
Sitana Attenboroughii – Sitana are small to medium-sized lizards. They are ground dwellers, primarily eating insects, and the male lizards have prominent dewlaps which are used in communication during the breeding season. The dewlap may be small to large, depending on the species. Females lack the dewlap.
Sitana-Attenboroughii, a species of fan-throated lizard in the genus Sitana found in coastal Kerala in South India. Sitana-Attenboroughii was described in 2018 and is morphologically close to Sitana visiri Deepak, 2016. Sitana Attenboroughii, the new species of fan-throated lizard named after sir David Attenborough.
Sitana-Attenboroughii : Anatomy
Sitana Attenboroughii, newly described reptile is an average-sized entity growing up to 5.5 cm. The discernible characteristic of the lizard is its dewlap or throat fan, an appendage below the chin, which develops once the male matures during breeding season. The dewlap has vibrant hues of blue, orange and yellow, setting it apart from the other members in the genus.
Sitana-Attenboroughii : Pest Controller Reptile
Acting as a biological pest controller, Sitana Attenboroughii, as it feeds on insects, this lizard species is speculated to have a lifespan of nearly three months. As of now, it is only found on Poovar Beach, near Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram.
Sitana-Attenboroughii : Research Team, Kerala
A team of researchers has discovered Sitana Attenboroughii. The members of the team that made the discovery are Kalesh Sadasivan and Ramesh M from the Travancore Nature History Society (TNHS) in Thiruvananthapuram, Mohammed Jafer Palot from Zoological Survey of India, Western Ghats Regional Centre, Kozhikode and Mayuresh Ambedkar and Zeeshan A Mirza from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru. It is the first species of the genus Sitana to be recorded in Kerala.
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