Moby Dick is no longer a novel. Now, it is an odd species just discovered in Madagascar.
Moby Dick is a new species of lizard discovered in Madagascar by an international team.
Scientists from France, US, Germany and Madagascar have just discovered a new species of underground lizard. They have called it ‘Sirenoscincuns Moby Dick’, alluding to the famous albino sperm whale of the novel by Herman Melville.
It has just been announced by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Montpellier (France). The work has been published in the journal Zoosystema.
The species has a unique combination of anatomical features among terrestrial vertebrates: amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds.
The lizard ‘Moby Dick’ was discovered in the dry forests of northwestern Madagascar and is the result of an evolution diametrically opposed to that of other legless lizards.
The animal has a pigment-free skin, and eyes almost disappeared, to the point of being virtually useless, since the animal lives underground. ‘Moby Dick’ legs also have disappeared but it retained the previous supports. According to the CNRS, is “an organizational morphological plan” reminiscent of cetaceans.
A great discoverty!
** Moby-Dick is a novel by Herman Melville, first published in 1851. It is considered to be one of the Great American Novels and a treasure of world literature. The story tells the adventures of wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab has one purpose on this voyage: to seek out Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale.