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Army tag for new gecko from Meghalaya

  • Published
    19th Feb, 2022
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A new gecko species found in Meghalaya named after Indian Army.

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About the new species:

  • The new species was recorded from Umroi Military Station in Ri-Bhoi district,
  • Its scientific name was given as Cyrtodactylus exercitus (in Latin, exercitus   means army).
    • The name was given to honour the Indian army for its service to the nation.
  • The English name of the species was given as the Indian army’s bent-toed gecko.


  • The genus Cyrtodactylus is represented by around 320 species worldwide and is the third most speciose vertebrate genus in the world.
  • The members of the genus range from South Asia to Melanesia with high diversity in south Asia.
  • North East India is now home to 16 species of bent-toed gecko.

Another new species:

  • The new species from Mizoram were given the scientific name Cyrtodactylus siahaensis and English name Siaha bent-toed gecko.
  • The species was named after Siaha (district capital of Siaha District), where the species was found. 
  • The suggested local name is Khotlia (which means bent-toed geckos in Mara ethnic language).
  • This species was found from the type locality near human settlements of Siaha town. 
  • Being a strictly nocturnal species, they are most active two to five hours after dark.
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