Published on: July 23, 2021



What is in news : Odisha’s forest officials have announced measures to preserve the newly discovered tiny gecko species of the genus Hemiphyllodactylus.


  • Reptiles (Colorful lizards)
  • Found on all the continents except Antarctica
  • Adapted to habitats from rainforests, to deserts, to cold mountain slopes.
  • Most geckos are nocturnal, which means they are active at night
  • Dday geckos are active during the day and depend on insects, fruits, and flower nectar.

Gecko in news :

  • Ganjam Slender Gecko
  • First spotted in Ganjam district, Odisha in 2014
  • First non-island species of the genus which is distributed in lowland habitats
  • Smallest member of the genus with a maximum body size of little over six cm