Aravind’s ground gecko: New bent-toed gecko species.

22 August 2022.


A group of researchers has recently discovered a new species of bent-toed gecko from the Agasthyamalai hills in the Western Ghats.


  • The name of this new gecko has been given in the name of well-known malacologist N.A. Arvind as Aravind’s ground gecko. The new species has been described based on its distinctness in the morphological and molecular DNA data.
  • Its scientific name is Cyrtodactylus aravindi. It is distinguished from all species of the ­Cyrtodactylus collegalensis species complex in colour pattern and resembles the Srilankan endemic C. yakhuna in overall colouration.
  • Currently, Aravind’s ground gecko has so far been found only at two locations, Muppanddal and Thuckalay, in Kanyakumari district falling within the Agasthyamalai biosphere reserve in Tamil Nadu.

About Geckos

  • Geckos are reptiles, that are found on all continents except Antarctica.
  • These colourful lizards have adapted to habitats ranging from rainforests, deserts, to cold mountain slopes.
  • Most of the geckos are nocturnal, i.e., they are active at night.
  • However, day geckos are active during the day.
  • They depend on fruits, flower nectar and insects.

What is unique about Gecko?

  • Geckos are unique among lizards.
  • They are unique for their vocalisation.
  • They use chirping and clicking sounds for their social interactions.
  • They make hissing sounds when threatened or alarmed.

Family of Geckos

Geckos are spread across six families namely Carphodactylidae, Diplodactylidae, Gekkonidae, Eublepharidae, Sphaerodactylidae and Phyllodactylidae.

Species of Gecko in India

  • Indian Golden Gecko, belonging to family Gekkonidae, is native to India states of Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh. It is listed in Schedule 1 of Wildlife Protection ActIn IUCN list, it is categorised as Least Concern (LC) species.
  • Tokay Gecko belonging to family Gekkonidae is widespread in Indo-Malayan region  It is a schedule 4 species of wild life protection act and Least Concern (LC) species of IUCN list.

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