Scientists Discovered New Geckos Species

IAS Prelims 2023

Scientists have discovered a new species of geckos.

The species, dubbed Geckolepis megalepis, possesses the largest scales of any gecko.

The scales are attached by relatively narrow region that tears with ease, and beneath them fish-scale geckos have a pre-formed splitting zone within the skin itself.

This new species can easily shed all of its skin under attack, leaving its predator with a mouth full of large scales.

Although several other geckos are able to lose their skin like this if they are grasped really firmly, Geckolepis are apparently able to do it actively, and at the slightest touch. While others might take a long time to regenerate their scales, fish-scale geckos can grow them back, scar-free, in a matter of weeks.