New endemic reptile species discovery in Cyprus

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One other endemic reptile species has been added to the biodiversity of Cyprus as introduced on Monday by the College of Cyprus (UCy).

In line with a UCy press launch, the lizard often called “kοurkoutas” in Cyprus corresponds to a definite species (Laudakia cypriaca), which is discovered solely in Cyprus and which now belongs to the nation`s vital biodiversity together with the Cypriot snake (Hierophis cypriensis) and the Troodos lizard (Phoenicolacerta troodica).

These lizards have been thought to correspond to a species with a large distribution all through the Jap Mediterranean, nonetheless, as reported, the examine of the genetic materials (DNA), which was carried out on the Laboratory of Ecology and Biodiversity of the Division of Organic Sciences of the College of Cyprus, in collaboration with the Pure Historical past Museum of Crete of the College of Crete and researchers from Austria, Germany and Turkey, confirmed that the Cyprus lizard corresponds to a definite species, revealing additionally the existence of two different species, with the previous (Laudakia vulgaris) spreading to the neighbouring international locations of the Close to East (Syria, Jordan, Israel and Egypt) and the latter (Laudakia stellio) restricted to Greece and Turkey.

Lastly, it’s famous that the examine outcomes have been revealed within the distinguished scientific journal Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society and offered vital information on the evolution of those animals within the jap Mediterranean, such because the estimation of the time durations throughout which every of their completely different lineages advanced, in response to which it seems that kourkoutas was diversified in Cyprus about 2.5 million years in the past at first of the “Ice Age”, which introduced the coasts of Cyprus nearer to these of Syria and Israel.

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