A vandøgle in Costa Rica have developed extraordinary abilities, who can get it to breathe under water for up to 16 minutes.
It has an american researcher and a biologist at Binghamton University in New York discovered, writes the university in a press release, according to the Science.dk, where you can also see a video of the strange lizard.
Vandøglen, which carries the Latin name is Anolis aquaticus, has developed a bubble on the head, which can be used as a 'diving bell' - i.e., a respiratory tract under water.
the Biologist behind the discovery is called Lindsey Swierk, and she has several theories about why vandøglen have become so skilled a diver.
- To be able to dive and be underwater for such a long time is an anti-rovdyrsstrategi among the water-anoler (a special hose and øgleslægt, ed.), says Lindsey Swierk in the press release.
She points out, moreover, that he key is not particularly fast, and that it therefore has been the need to develop an alternative defense mechanism.
Studies of vandøglernes stomach also shows that they are a type of insects that mainly live under water, which is another reason to øglerne need to be able to dive in up to 16 minutes.
Øglernes unique respiratory tract was actually discovered by a bit of a case, tells Lindsey Swierk.
- I was impressed and reasonably confused about how long they could dive, which made me curious to examine the øglerne detailed with an underwater camera the next few years, she says in the press release, according to Science.dk.
Here she discovered the curious bubble of air on the øglens head, which, she believes, he key uses to breathe with under water. Øglerne may also have some air pockets around the head and neck, which they can send up in the bubble so they can breathe, believes the american scientist.
Lindsey Swierks videos are the first in the world, documenting vandøglernes strange air bubble.
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