Phyllurus fimbriatus, a new species of gecko, has been discovered on an uninhabited Scawfell Island of Australia.
About Phyllurus fimbriatus
- The carnivorous reptile measures about 15 cm in length and has a spiny leaf-shaped tail and a beaky face.
- The lizard was named the Scawfell Island leaf-tailed gecko due to the fringe of spines around its tail.
- It has a V-shaped white stripe on its tail which is leaf-like.
- The newly discovered gecko occupies a total area of less than 1 sq km and is found in the wettest, rainforest-covered, rockiest pockets of Scawfell.
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About Scawfell Island
- Located at Queensland, north-east of Mackay) is officially regarded as the beginning of the Whitsunday group.
- The island lies and is a large horseshoe shape, with granite cliffs along the coast.
- It is the largest national park island in the South Cumberland group, and is uninhabited.
- Large areas of tropical rainforest cover steep mountain slopes.
- There is a coral fringing reef.
About Queensland Island
- Queensland Island is located in the North Eastern part of Australia.
- It is the second-largest state and the third-most populous region in Australia.
- The coral sea and the Pacific Ocean are to the east of Queensland island.
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