Scientists Discover New Species of Lizard in Asia

New lizard species, Calotes wangi, discovered in southern China and northern Vietnam.

Genus Calotes has 29 species globally, primarily in southern and southeastern Asia

Field surveys from 2009 to 2022 reveal Calotes versicolor complex has a new species and two subspecies.

Calotes wangi, less than 9 cm long, identified by its orange tongue.

Habitat includes subtropical and tropical forests, mountains, hills, plains, and urban green belts.

Active from April to October, feeding on insects and arthropods.

Not currently threatened, but concerns about habitat fragmentation, medicinal use, and consumption.

Researchers urge local governments to strengthen ecological protection and monitor population dynamics.