Scientists discovered 2 lizards species from the Peruvian Amazon. Wood lizards, of the genus Enyalioides, are little-known reptiles with only 10 described species found in South and Central America. Described in ZooKeys, both new wood lizards were found in Cordillera Azul National Park, the nation’s third-largest reserve.
The Scientists named 1 of the new species Enyalioides azulae, or the blue woodlizard, named after Cordillera Azul (Blue Mountains). The other lizard was named Enyalioides binzayedi, or Bin Zayed’s woodlizard after Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan who helped fund the expedition through his Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZSCF).
Male and female (duller colored) of Enyalioides azulae. Photo by: P.J. Venegas.