Woodlizards are referred as miniature dragons because of their spikelike scales, probing eyes and patterned skin.
Woodlizards are very small and their size ranges from 3 to 6 inches or 7 to 15 centimeters.
Only 12 species of the genus Enalioides are discovered and five of them are discovered in the past seven years.
Their color and pattern help them to easily blend in the environment.
Lead researcher Omar Torres-Carvajal of the Museo de Zoología QCAZ, said, “The diversity of these conspicuous reptiles has been underestimated.”
He and his team mates Kevin de Queiroz and Pablo Venegas explained that the lizards are active during the day and live in low tropical rainforests, like western Amazon basin, cloudforest on Andes, Chocó.
Cloudforest have less heat because of low-level cloud cover and characterized by wet tropical mountain forests and are generally located at altitudes 3000 and 8000 feet.
The body characteristic of the three species differs like their color, size, scale shape and mitochondrial DNA.
One of the lizards is Enyalioides sophiathschildae named after a donor to Germany’s BIOPAT program, the donar’s name is Sophie Rothschild.
The other lizard is Enyalioides anisolepis is named for a Greek work which means unequal scales.
The last discovered species in Enyalioides altotambo named after the town Alto Tambo, in Ecuador, where the lizard is discovered.