FRIDAY, 13 MAY 2011
Legless lizards are not entirely uncommon and several species exist, such as the slow worm found in Britain. Although they can be mistaken for snakes, there are key morphological differences between the two: unlike lizards, snakes have a forked tongue and only one lung, and are unable to regenerate severed tails. Upon discovery of the Dalai Mountain lizard, scientists trawled through species description documents and museum specimens to try to identify the animal before declaring it a new species .
There are now 21 species in the genus Dibamus, which are found in Thailand and Vietnam but have never before been found in Cambodia . This is also the first time that a new species has been identified by a Cambodian national.
Written by Sarah Gardner