New lizard species discovered in Peru

New lizard species discovered in Peru
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", the Peru environmental ministry said.

LIMA, Peru - 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 south-east 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.

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