Queensland has discovered a new species, one that’s been nicknamed “Temperate Grassland Lizard”.
The species was discovered by Dr Ian Cairns in an old quarry in the town of Londonderry, on the border with New South Wales.
“This is a beautiful specimen of the species that I had not seen before,” he said.
“It’s got very short antennae, the head and the tail are very long and the front of the head is very broad.”
The new species is known as Lopiopis thailandensis and was named after the ancient island of Thailand.
Dr Cairnes has also discovered the species’ eggs, which were in a container at the quarry for 10 years.
They have since been collected and sent to the University of Queensland.
The eggs were taken back to the quarry, where they will be examined by Dr Cairnis and a team of scientists.
“We want to see if it is viable and if there is any resistance to the treatment,” he explained.
“The best we can do is to try and get rid of it and make sure it doesn’t harm the eggs.”
Lopiops thailandensis is the first species to be found in the state, and Dr Cairs team hope it will help to bring more of the state’s native grasslands back to life.
“Lopisthailandensis is probably a first for Queensland,” he added.
“I think it’s really a great achievement for the state of Queensland.”