A new species of lizard was discovered in Ecuador, it was named Anolis nemonteae in honor of a well-known activist, a fighter for the rights of indigenous peoples, a representative of the Waorani people, Neomonte Nenkino, the country’s environment ministry reports.
Researchers from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, the University of Guayaquil, the National Institute of Biodiversity (INABIO), the American University of New Mexico, and the Australian University of La Troba have described a new species of lizards that live on the Pacific slopes of the Andes in southwestern Ecuador at an altitude of 372 to 1 thousand meters.
The new species differs from other representatives of the genus Anolis in its size, external anatomy, mismatch of mitochondrial DNA, and the color of the goiter. The new species was named in honor of Neomonte Nenkino, who previously helped protect 500 thousand acres of the Amazon rainforest and the territory of the Waorani people from oil production. In 2020, she was included in the ranking of the 100 most influential people in the world according to the American magazine Time.