Sunday, April 25, 2010

Wild new species from Borneo

Borneo is definitely a hot spot for new species. Adam Tomasek, director of the Word Wife Fund for Nature (WWF)'s Heart of Borneo project, says, "We have been finding on average three new species a month and about 123 over the last three years, with at least 600 new species found in the last 15 years."
Among the newest are a stick insect 36 cm long, a 2.5cm slug that pierces its love interest with hormone-filled darts of calcium carbonate, and Barbourula kalimantanensis, a 7-5cm frog which has no lungs and breathers only through its skin.

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