24 new species of lizards discovered on Caribbean islands are close to extinction

Jason Farmer for RedOrbit.com In a recent scientific publication, 24 new species of lizards known as skinks, all found on the Caribbean islands, have been discovered and named. Each year, in dozens of scientific publications, approximately 130 new species of reptiles from all over the world are added to the global count. But, since the nineteenth century not more than 20 reptile species have been added at one time in any single publication. The research team responsible for the new discoveries examined museum specimens of the lizards. The team identified a total of 39 species of skinks from the Caribbean islands. However, Blair Hedges, lead researcher in the study and a professor of biology at Penn State, has concluded that of those newly discovered species, half may already be extinct, and that all of the other skink species on the Caribbean islands are close to or threatened by extinction. The researchers say predation by the mongoose is the primary cause for the loss of the lizards and the threat of their

24 new species of lizards discovered on Caribbean islands are close to extinction

In a single new scientific publication, 24 new species of lizards known as skinks, all from islands in the Caribbean, have been discovered and scientifically named. According to Blair Hedges, ...

Mon 30 Apr 12 from Phys.org

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Pictures: 39 New Caribbean Lizards Found

The unexpectedly large crop of Caribbean skinks is already at risk of extinction, a new study says.

Thu 3 May 12 from National Geographic

24 new lizard species discovered in the Caribbean - already faced with extinction

A team of researchers at Penn State University has identified 24 new species of skinks, a subspecies of lizards, native to the Caribbean Islands, turning the region’s fauna from one of ...

Tue 1 May 12 from ZME Science

24 New Lizard Species Identified from Caribbean

The skinks are already threatened, likely due to mongoose predation.

Mon 30 Apr 12 from Livescience

Caribbean lizards face extinction threat

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 30 (UPI) -- Twenty-four new species of lizard were recently discovered in the Caribbean and almost half are already close to extinction, researchers say.

Mon 30 Apr 12 from UPI

Skink biodiversity jumps 650 percent in the Caribbean

In a single paper in Zootaxa scientists have rewritten the current understanding of lizard biodiversity in the Caribbean. By going over museum specimens of skinks, scientists have discovered ...

Mon 30 Apr 12 from Mongabay.com

Newly Discovered Skink Species Already Close To Extinction

Jason Farmer for RedOrbit.com In a recent scientific publication, 24 new species of lizards known as skinks, all found on the Caribbean islands, have been discovered and named. Each year, in ...

Tue 1 May 12 from RedOrbit

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