The team had discovered a new species of fan-throated lizard, belonging to the genus Sitana, from Poovar during an expedition that was undertaken during September-October 2016.
The new species, Sitana attenboroughii, has been named after Sir David Frederick Attenborough, an English veteran broadcaster and naturalist.
This is the first species of the genus Sitana to be recorded from Kerala.
The coastal belt of Thiruvananthapuram is home to many rare species of animals, a discovery by a group of researchers has proved.
According to the researchers, fan-throated lizards are small to medium-sized lizards that are ground-dwelling and are usually found in dry, scrubby, open habitats.