New Species Discovered In Indonesian New Guinea

Eco-Travel, Indonesia, Travel News — By David Chalk on May 20, 2010 at 8:28 am

More than a dozen new species discovered in the remote Foja Mountains of Indonesian New Guinea will be featured in the June issue of National Geographic.  The finds were during a November 2008 exhibition. A team of 17 scientists and 30 local naturalists were dropped off by helicopter to spend four weeks exploring the mountains at altitudes of up to 7,000 feet (2,200 meters).

Here’s some of what they found:

“Pinnochio” Frog

The males of this new species have noses that point upward when the they are calling and hang flaccid when it’s not.  Scientists aren’t sure if the calls are full of lies. “Exactly what it is for, no one really knows for sure,” said Australian herpetologist Paul Oliver.

World’s Smallest Wallaby

This rabbit-sized wallaby is now the smallest member of the kangaroo family.

Bent-toed Gecko

Scientists found this new species of gecko in the trees and on the ground.

New Species of Blossom Bat

This new blossom bat is about the size of an average North American bat, but it’s “kind of like the hummingbird of the bat world,” according to Smithsonian biologist Kristofer Helgen. “It uses a really long tongue to lap up nectar and of course gets pollen on it as it moves from flower to flower, so it’s also a pollinator—a bit like a bumblebee.”

Tree Mouse

Likely a new species, these little guys move above the Indonesian forest on a network of tree branches and vines.

Check out more pictures in this National Geographic photo gallery.

[Images: National Geographic]

Tags: bat, conservation, Foja Mountains, gecko, Indonesia, Indonesian New Guinea, kangaroo, National Geographic, new species, Pinnochio frog, science, tree mouse, wallaby

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