Indian Army’s Bent-Toed Gecko.

It has been named to honour the valour of Indian Army for their services to India.

19 Feb 2022.


A team of researchers recently discovered a new species of bent-toed gecko or lizard, from Umroi Military station in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya.


  • The new species of Gecko or lizard belongs to the family of Cyrtodactylus exercitus (‘exercitus’ means army, in Latin).
  • It has been named to honour the valour of Indian Army for their services to India.
  • These new species was discovered as part of efforts of research team, to uncover herpetofaunal diversity of North East India.

Genus Cyrtodactylus

  • The genus Cyrtodactylus is represented by about 320 species across the world. It is the third most speciose vertebrate genus worldwide.
  •  Members of the genus range from South Asia to Melanesia. There is high diversity of the species in south Asia.
  • North East India has now become home to 16 species of bent-toed gecko.

Where was the species discovered?

  • The new species of bent-toed gecko or Cyrtodactylus, from family of Cyrtodactylus khasiensis, was discovered from Lunglei District of Mizoram.
  • It is named as Cyrtodactylus lungleiensis. These geckos can be differentiated from other such species by a bent toe, which is similar to that of bird’s toe.
  • The bent-toed geckos reside only in the wild amid rocks, bushes, and woods.
  •  This is the third discovery of a Cyrtodactylus species in Mizoram.

About bent-toe gecko

  • Bent-toe geckos are scientifically known as Cyrtodactylus.
  • It is a diverse genus of Asian geckos. This genus has about 300 described species as of 2020.
  •  Thus, it is the largest of all gecko genera.

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