Contact: Robert Sanders
University of California - Berkeley
Caption: One of four newly discovered species of legless lizard is from Bakersfield and has a purple belly and yellow sides. UC Berkeley and Cal State-Fullerton biologists named it Anniella grinnelli after Joseph Grinnell, founder of UC Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. This species today ranges from downtown Bakersfield in the southern San Joaquin Valley to the Carrizo Plain National Monument 30 miles to the west.
Credit: Alex Krohn
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