Sunday, May 23, 2010

New Species Found in the Forests of Papua

The Indonesian province in the western part of the Island of Papua seems to have lots of unknown species.

Recently, ECPulse (below) reported that some Australian scientist have found news species in the province' forest.

I hope that the central and provincial governments would protect said forest so as to maintain the habitat of those species.


Surprising new species found in the virgin forests of Foja Mountains
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Nature does not stop short of surprises! The Australian scientists found hidden in the virgin forests of Foja Mountains in western Indonesia several new species, including a Pinocchio-nosed frog and the world's smallest wallaby (kangaroo). 

The Australian scientist Paul Oliver is the one lead the team during an expedition to the Foja Mountains in West Papua in Indonesia that started in 2008, and which led to the incredible discovery of several new species. 

Although Paul Oliver and his team endured torrential rainstorms and life-threatening floods, they were determined to explore the isolated and most undeveloped rainforest block in the Asia-Pacific region because of its precious biodiversity. 

"It is not an exaggeration to say that the Foja Mountains are well-defended against any access", said expedition participant Bruce Beehler. Seemingly, their appears that their expedition was not disappointing at all. 

The 300,000 hectares of undeveloped and undisturbed rainforest in the Foja Mountains were hiding several new species, including never-before-seen mammals, a reptile, an amphibian, at least 12 insects and a new bird. 

The amphibian is a tree frog with a Pinocchio-like spiked nosed which points upward when the male is calling but then deflates when the frog is less active. The wallaby that was found appears to be the world’s smallest kangaroo; however, they also spotted an extremely rare golden-mantled tree-kangaroo. 

Scientists also discovered an oversized woolly rat, a bent-toed gecko with intriguing yellow eyes, a new blossom bat that feeds on rainforest nectar, a small new tree-mouse, a new black and white butterfly, a new flowering shrub and a new imperial pigeon with rusty, whitish and grey colored feathers. 

Scientists however warned that growing population, deforestation and climate change might lead to the loss of this biodiversity, and urged the government to conserve it and “pay more attention to protecting the new species that have not been recorded yet”.

12 comments:

umihoney said...

How very interesting but sadly with some new discoveries some are going extinct.

kekah said...

i love this country.
wow..your blog so informative.
thank for sharing this article...

debabrata said...

I love nature. Your postings on nature are really good. Now expect some more from you.

H. Nizam said...

@Umihoney,
It is very ironic indeed.

@Kekah,
Thank you, I like also your Natuna blog.

@Debabrata,
I am very glad that you like my post.

Bonnie said...

Very interesting report, especially the list you gave of other species found - woolly rat, a bent-toed gecko with intriguing yellow eyes, a new blossom bat that feeds on rainforest nectar, a small new tree-mouse, a new black and white butterfly, a new flowering shrub and a new imperial pigeon with rusty, whitish and grey colored feathers. Apparently, these scientist are serious about their jobs. I'm from U.S., so it's nice hearing about other countries. Thanks for the report.

New Jersey Memories said...

Very interesting! I admit that I know very little about Indonesia and your blog is so informative. I can't wait to read more!

By the way, I'm a follower. Thanks for following my blog!

Tay823 said...

This article was great. I'm a college student studying biology and I really appreciate your posts :)

Yari NK said...

Once again, it proves that Indonesia has riches untold in biodiversity. And I believe it doesn't stop here, there will be more and more new species found in the future considering that there are still thousands of acres of Papuan and Bornean jungles waiting to be explored. But I hope that the explorations will not be followed by clearance that will destroy the whole ecosystems in the forests. Every species is worth saving! What an interesting topic, Hary! Good job!

H. Nizam said...

@Bonnie,
Thank you for your visit and comment.
Yes the Australian scientists have been doing their job very seriously.

@New Jersey Memories,
I am very glad that we have followed each others' blogs.

@Tay823,
I am glad that you like my posts.

@Yari,
Thank you very much for the praise
it really means a lot to me.
Let us hope that forest known to be habitat for special species would not be allowed for clearance
that way we can preserve our natural richness.

Mas-Raden said...

thats good article,i like it. .

hi from mas raden

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Must check this out. Would be a good subject for he Green Planet.

H. Nizam said...

@Mas raden,
I am glad you like this post.

@Peter/Kiwi,
Be my guest, please check it out.