A New Species Of Gecko Discovered On Madagascar, Biologists Stunned

A new species of gecko, Geckolepis megalepis, has been discovered on the island of Madagascar. What puzzles biologists most is the fact that this species have large scales, largest of all other gecko species, which tear away easily, leaving them free to escape from predators.


When seized by a predator, fish-scale geckos lose not just their scales but also the skin beneath a behavior that essentially helps them escape easily.


The name Geckolepis megalepis is Latin for ‘large scales’, which quite resemble those in fish. This is the first species of such gecko discovered after 75 years.