Vincent van Gecko: Researchers Dub a Newly-Discovered Reptile After the Artist of ‘Starry Night’ — Colossal


#Vincent van Gogh

April 2, 2024

Kate Mothes

Cnemaspis vangoghi. Photos by Akshay Khandekar

In the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu, India, scientists have discovered two new gecko species, and one in particular has inspired an art historical name. The research team, consisting of Akshay Khandekar, Tejas Thackeray, Swapnil Pawar, Ishan Agarwal, Satpal Gangalmale, and Vivek Waghe, landed on the name Cnemaspis vangoghi because the blue coloration evoked Vincent van Gogh’s iconic “Starry Night” (1889).

As a result of sexual dimorphism, only the males resemble the Post-Impressionist painting and are largely blue except for a faded brown collar and upper body. Especially on the specimen’s head, light blue stripes appear to swirl through darker areas, evocative of the way van Gogh painted light emanating from stars and the moon. The females are entirely brown in color with cream, black, and deep sepia spots.

Learn more about Cnemaspis vangoghi, along with another painted gecko called Cnemaspis sathuragiriensisf, named for the Sathuragiri Hills where it was discovered, in the report published on ZooKeys. You may also enjoy other remarkable dispatches from Tamil Nadu, like billions of synchronous fireflires or the epic flamingo migration.


A side-by-side image showing Vincent van Gogh's

Left: Vincent van Gogh, “Starry Night” (1889), oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/4 inches. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Right: Cnemaspis vangoghi’s colorful patterns

#Vincent van Gogh


Do stories and artists like this matter to you? Become a Colossal Member today and support independent arts publishing for as little as $5 per month. You’ll connect with a community of like-minded readers who are passionate about contemporary art, read articles and newsletters ad-free, sustain our interview series, get discounts and early access to our limited-edition print releases, and much more. Join now!

Source link

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By agreeing you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

Close Popup
Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

Technical Cookies
In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wordpress_logged_in_
  • wordpress_sec

We use WooCommerce as a shopping system. For cart and order processing 2 cookies will be stored. This cookies are strictly necessary and can not be turned off.
  • woocommerce_cart_hash
  • woocommerce_items_in_cart

Decline all Services
Accept all Services
Open Privacy settings