A new lizard species, Liolaemus warjantay, has been discovered in Peru according to the national conservation agency.
The new species was found in the Peruvian Andes at an altitude of 4,500 meters (14,700 feet). According to an article published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, the Liolaemus is a highly diverse clade of South American lizards with as many as ten new species described each year and about 260 species currently in existence. The discovery of the new species had been registered a few weeks ago after being confirmed by scientists from Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.
“A valuable contribution of Peru’s protected natural areas to the world is the recent discovery of a new species of lizard,” read a statement issued by the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State.
The lizard was found in the Cotahuasi Subbasin Landscape Reserve, a protected area in the Arequipa region in southwestern Peru, stretching over 490,550 hectares (1,900 square miles).
From : pk.mashable.com