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The team including photographer and tropical biologist discovered three species new to science: an amazing-looking leaf-tailed gecko with spindly legs and unusually big eyes , a new frog species and a skink !
The Cape Melville leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius eximius) is very different from its tropical relatives because of its long legs—likely used to scramble around rocks—and large eyes, which helps it see in the gloomy habitat. They have an amazing leaf-like tail that enables them to camouflage very well amongst the foliage.
The geckos the team found had likely never seen people as they were very docile. Conrad Hoskin about his discovery:
I ran up through the rocks and this beautiful, strange-looking gecko was sitting on the tree looking at me. I was utterly blown away by the gecko and remember holding it in disbelief
Within two two days, the team discovered another two new species. A golden-brown species of skink living amongst the mossy boulders and frog species that lives on top of the boulder fields, nicely named the blotched boulder frog, Cophixalus petrophilus. What is unusual about this frog is that, in the absence of water, the tadpole actually develops within the egg, resulting in fully formed frogs to hatch out of the eggs.
It is exciting that in a place like Australia which many people think is fairly well explored, there are still places like this where there are new species to discover! Read more about the discovery, or find the papers using the links below.CONRAD J. HOSKIN1 & PATRICK COUPER (2013). A spectacular new leaf-tailed gecko (Carphodactylidae: Saltuarius) from the Melville Range, north-east Australia Zootaxa DOI:
CJ HOSKIN (2013). A new frog species (Microhylidae: Cophixalus) from boulder-pile habitat of Cape Melville, north-east Australia
CONRAD J HOSKIN (2013). A new skink (Scincidae: Saproscincus) from rocky rainforest habitat on Cape Melville, north-east Australia