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Transcript of Pinocchio Lizard
Is it extinct?
Distribution and Habitat
Anolis proboscis is distributed in Ecuador. It lives in the vegetation of evergreen forest. This species is known from mid-altitudes of western slopes of the Andes in Pichincha.
50 years extint
The Way out:
The Pinocchio lizard , believed extinct for 50 years, reappears in Ecuador. In 2005, an ornithologist found one crossing a road in the same remote area of Ecuador and now a team of researchers and photographers has managed to find the animal after three years of research in the Northwest.
The Pinocchio lizard (Anolis proboscis) has a medium size 54-78 mm. In this species the male is very different from the female:
Male: It's green with orange and black spots. It has a fleshy nose, long and pointed.
Female: It is greenish and has no stains. The female does not have the nose of the males.
The Anolis proboscis was first discovered in 1953 but not seen again between 1960 and 2005. It was listed by National Geographic as "extinct". For 50 years, no one saw it. At that point, we thought the species had gone extinct, said Jonathan Losos, an evolutionary biologist and herpetologist at Harvard University who has studied the animal.
Álvaro Moya Berzosa
Pedro Bueno Guerrero
What science can do/is doing
to save this animal?
Anolis proboscis is a forest specialist with a restricted range. It is listed as Endangered because its known extent of occurrence is no larger than 200 km2, its area of occupancy was estimated as 33 km2
The area in which this species is distributed has experienced major habitat loss due to logging, human settlement, agriculture, and grazing. This is likely to cause declines in this species, as due to its small range, it is more vulnerable to habitat alteration.
No current conservation measures for this species. It is necessary to investigate if this specie inhabits other areas beyond the Region
Pichincha, Ecuador and if new areas are discovered must be protected. Research and monitoring is needed to establish the trend of the population of the species.
What are the advantages and disadvantages
for each of the scientific solutions?
Protect this animal we also protects the zone and we preserves from futures attacks in the ecosystem.
Study the physiology and the behavior of this animal can help to discovery new scientific advances.
Protect this animal is very expensive, not all the time there is money and specific persons to help this animal.
If you don´t do well you will damage the ecosystem.
This zones know they cant be visited and used for other functions.
ABC.es, (2016). El lagarto Pinocho, que se cre�a extinto desde hace 50 a�os, reaparece en Ecuador. [online] Available at: http://www.abc.es/ciencia/20131008/abci-lagarto-pinocho-creia-extinto-201310081214.html [Accessed 21 Feb. 2016].
Arnold, C. (2013). “Extinct” Pinocchio Lizard Found in Ecuador. [online] National Geographic (blogs). Available at: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/08/pinocchio-lizard-spotted/ [Accessed 21 Feb. 2016].