Scientists from the Australian National University have discovered two new species of gecko at the Cobbold Gorge Nature Refuge. The geckos were found in the gorge and surrounding sandstone escarpment. The Cobbold Gorge Nature Refuge covers 4,720ha of sandstone escarpment and dry savannah and was established in 2009, in partnership with the Queensland Government to protect a number of vulnerable and rare plant species. It also forms important wildlife corridors and catchment linkages in the area.
Gaye Bourke from ANU’s Research School of Biology said the discovery of new animal species was exciting on a number of fronts. She said that biodiverse areas such as Cobbold Gorge were always an indication of healthy habitat.
Why these two species should be found in a remote Jurassic, Hampstead sandstone environment formed more than 130 million years ago is a mystery, but one to which there could be a plausible explanation. For more information, see the Townsville Bulletin article online.
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