LIMA: Scientists have discovered a new species of lizard at a national park in Peru, experts said on Tuesday.
The new species, named Potamites erythrocularis, was located in the upper part of Manu National Park in Peru´s southeast Cusco region, the environmental ministry said.
The new species “differs from the others by having messy keeled scales on the back, undivided frontonasal scales, a red ring around the eye in males and absence of femoral pores in females,” it said.
The research was led by scientists Alessandro Catenazzi and German Chavez and a team of biologists and rangers of the Manu National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The tropical forest in the lower tiers is home to an unrivaled variety of animal and plant species, according to the United Nations.