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9 newly discovered species

By: Shea Gunther on June 1, 2011, 11:24 a.m.
scaly-eyed gecko

Photo: Dr. Paul Hamilton/Reptile & Amphibian Ecology International

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Scaly-eyed gecko

The scaly-eyed gecko is easily the smallest newly discovered species on our list and can comfortably perch atop a pencil eraser. This tiny gecko was found in the rain forests of Ecuador in a habitat that is quickly being destroyed by logging and farming. The mountainous hillside where these creatures live is known to be packed with undiscovered species, but wildlife is being threatened by encroaching development and climate change.