A new species of a ground-dwelling lizard named as Cyrtodactylus Varadgirii or Giri's Geckoella has been discovered in Goregaon's Aarey Colony and Thane's Badlapur forested belts, 130 years after the last such gecko was discovered. It has been named as Cyrtodactylus Varadgirii or Giri’s Geckoella after a Bengaluru-based scientist Varad Giri.
The species, of the genus Cyrtodactylus known in Southeast Asia, India and Sri Lanka, is a member of the subgenus Geckoella, which are small ground-dwelling geckos largely found in leaf litter in forests.
Earlier, this new species was considered as Geckoella Collegalensis, but based on morphological characters and DNA data it was described as a new species. This new species is active during night and take refuge under rocks and logs during the day. It is mostly seen moving among the leaf litter on the forest floor. It grows the length of around 6 centimetres. It is also known to live around human-dominated landscapes. Lizards are a widespread group of squamate reptiles, with over 6,000 species ranging across all continents except Antarctica, as well as most oceanic island chains.
This species is the third time after a new snake species and a lizard species - both endemic and discovered from the biodiversity rich Western Ghats of Maharashtra-Karnataka region.