The Anguilla Bank Skink (pictured top) is among 24 new species of skink found in the Caribbean—and one of only two known species in the region with a blue tail. The Caribbean had been thought to house just six species of these smooth-scaled lizards. But when study leader Blair Hedges and colleagues reexamined skink specimens in museums around the world, they found that the animals were much more diverse.
In addition to the 6 known species, the team found 24 brand new species and 9 species that had been previously described—and sometimes photographed—but considered invalid. In total, the team says, the Caribbean now has 39 known skink species.