Strange orange cave dwelling African dwarf crocodiles could be evolving into a new species

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Strange orange cave dwelling African dwarf crocodiles could be evolving into a new species

Post by Dragon on Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:44 pm

A team of researchers with affiliations to institutions in the U.S., France, Cameroon and Gabon has found evidence that suggests that orange dwarf crocodiles living in caves in Gabon might be evolving into a new species. In their paper published in the African Journal of Ecology, the group describes their study of the unique crocodiles and their attempts to compare them with similar crocodiles living just outside the cave, and what they found by doing so.

The orange dwarf crocodiles living in Abanda caves in Gabon were first discovered back in 2008 and confirmed in 2010. Soon thereafter, it was discovered that older specimens had an orange hue due to the acidity of the bat guano in the water in which they lived. But what intrigued the members of this team was the crocs' differences from their relatives still living just outside the caves.

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Post by Dragon on Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:46 pm



Experts discovered the 1.5-metre-long (5 ft) reptiles in 2008 in a cave in Africa.

The reptiles live in complete darkness and feed only on bats and crickets.

Experts first though they were one of three types of African dwarf crocodile.

New research shows the orange reptiles could be an entirely separate species.

 
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