New Species Discovered in Indonesia

Scientists from Conservation International, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian Institution have reported the discovery of several new species in the Foja Mountains of New Guinea, including a “Pinocchio” frog, an imperial pigeon, a gecko, a blossom bat, a tree mouse, and a dwarf wallaby that is now thought to be the smallest in the world. Scientists also took the first ever photos of a free-moving golden-mantled tree-kangaroo, which is critically endangered. During their quest, the scientists braved treacherous conditions, including torrential rains in dangerous terrain, flash floods, and raging rivers. A full article with photos can be found at Complete results of the expedition appear in the June 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine, and more, beautiful pictures can be found here.


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