Thursday, January 17, 2013

"Moby Dick" lizard found in Madagascar

Remember Moby Dick, the whale in a novel brought to life in film adaptations and science fiction animations many many years ago? Maybe many of us are too young to remember.

The newly found albino lizard must've reminded researchers of the great white whale when they incidentally named the unpigmented skin lizard sirenoscincus mobydick. My point is that, we know just tiny bit of our earth. That makes life interesting.

Moby dick lizard
Great find!  Photo from  pskhun on Novataxa

New lizard species

Montpellier: A new lizard species has been discovered in Madagascar and named “Moby Dick” mermaid skink – after the albino sperm whale imagined by Herman Melville – for its flipper-like forelimbs and unpigmented skin, France’s National Centre for Scientific Research said Tuesday.

The CNRS said the “Sirenoscincus mobydick” presents a unique combination of anatomical features that can be found in amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds.The discovery, made by French, Malagasy, American and German researchers, was published in the Zoosystema journal at the end of December.

The centre said the “Moby Dick” lizard was discovered in the dry north-western forests of Madagascar.

Because of its life underground, the animal’s skin has lost pigmentation and its eyes have almost disappeared. And although the lizard has retained forelimbs, its hindlimbs have completely disappeared.

The centre called it a “morphological organisation” reminiscent of cetaceans, the carnivorous marine mammals such as whales and dolphins. - AFP


tehr said...

memang masih sangat banyak yang kita tak tahu tentang dunia kita ini

Anonymous said...

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