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The Anguilla bank skink (pictured) is among 24 new species of skink found in the Caribbeanâ€"and one of only two known species in the region with a blue tail, according to a new study.
The newfound carrot rock skink (pictured) is unusual among skinks in that it's virtually devoid of spots, stripes, or other patterns, Hedges said.
The new skinks come from across the Caribbean, including the Turks and Caicos Islands (pictured: Middle Caicos Island).
Based on museum records, the study team found that the Jamaican skink (pictured) was once all over its namesake island, Hedges said.
The Dominica skink (pictured) lives on its namesake island, which is so far mongoose free. Even so, the scientists propose this species be listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.