African migrant in Guardamar
THE Costa Blanca has seen its fair share of migrants from Africa but none quite as unusual as the ones recently discovered in Guardamar del Segura.
A scientific team led by a researcher of the IPHES (Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution) Josep Francesc Bisbal-Chinesta, has discovered a species of lizard never seen in Spain before.
The short legged creature found is the Ocellated Skink (Chalcides ocellatus). It is a species of reptile with a distribution that covers much of the Mediterranean basin, including all of North Africa, the Middle East, Anatolia, Cyprus, Crete, Aegean islands, Sicily and Sardinia, and beyond to Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
The discovery was presented in a scientific article published in the September issue of the journal Amphibia-Reptilia.
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