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PostPosted: 22-10-2001 00:07    Post subject: Newly discovered Reply with quote

purple necked

has any one got a link to a site which may have a piccy of this on?

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PostPosted: 24-10-2001 22:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

dead thread?
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PostPosted: 07-04-2002 20:53    Post subject: Big new bug identified Reply with quote

New bug discovered in Califonia!

SAN DIEGO, California (AP) -- Scientists said Thursday they have discovered at least a half-dozen new insect species in Southern California, among them the largest bug ever found in the region.
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PostPosted: 24-07-2002 11:03    Post subject: new species Reply with quote

Just heard from BBC world service that a new species of centipede has been found - in Central park!
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PostPosted: 24-07-2002 14:48    Post subject: mutant Reply with quote

Maybe its a mutant centipede
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PostPosted: 25-07-2002 11:26    Post subject: erm..... Reply with quote

How about a Teenage Mutant Ninja Centipede? Cool

aren't all new species mutants? Isn't that how evolution works?

perhaps it's nature's way of filling the evolutionary gap that trancends all the Central Park insects with all the Central Park Joggers? - or maybe a secret collaboration between Nike and Reebok to sell more training shoes? Blah

what am i talking about? who can say?
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PostPosted: 26-07-2002 06:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a story at
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PostPosted: 29-05-2004 11:22    Post subject: Rare Filipino rodent Reply with quote

Rare creature discovered

May 28, 2004 - 5:54PM

This tiny, orange-coloured, rodent-like mammal was found by a joint US-Filipino team of biologists at a burnt forest clearing on Mount Banahaw, south of Manila. Photo: AFP

A mouse-like mammal that cannot be found anywhere else in the world has been discovered in a Philippine mountain by Filipino and American biologists.

The new species, which weighs about 15 grams, has an eight cm body, a 10 cm tail, a very large head, and heavily muscled jaws, the department said.

"The whiskers are about five times as long as the head," ithe Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a statement.

"The front teeth are very narrow, deep. The colour is bright orange."

The mammal was discovered two weeks ago in a slash-and-burn area on Mount Banahaw, south of Manila, considered a holy site by some Filipino sects.

It was discovered by a team composed of representatives from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the Utah Museum of Natural History, the Philippine National Museum, a locally-based conversation group and the environment department.

"The team was scouting the area for rare small mammal species," the environment department said. "The American biologists agreed that the small mammal is something very distinctive and unique."


Lawrence Heaney of the Field Museum of Natural History, said he was certain that the mammal was not the same species that can be seen anywhere else in the world.

He, however, could not tell yet what particular family or genus the small mammal belongs to.

Eric Rickart, a curator of vertebrates in the Utah Museum, said it was "not related to any of the other rodents" found in the northern Philippines.

"It represents an entirely different branch on a tree of life," he said.

Heany, who has been researching mammals in the Philippines for more than 20 years, noted that the mammal was able to crack "very hard nuts" and eat the seeds inside.

"No other mammal in the area is able to eat the seeds," he said.

The biologists said the unnamed mammal would be shipped to the United States for further study.

The Philippines has at least 52,177 species of plants, animals and other life forms, more than half of which are not found in other countries, the environment department said.
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PostPosted: 30-05-2004 12:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any update on this? The article said that it is a rodent-like creature: is it rodent-like but not a rodent or is it at present unknown whether or not it is a rodent?
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PostPosted: 15-06-2004 14:11    Post subject: New mammal discovered in South America Reply with quote


New mammal discovered in South America - and eaten
Saturday June 12 2004 14:05 IST


HAMBURG: A new species of mammal has been discovered in South America but was promptly converted into roast pork and eaten by Brazilian villagers, the German natural-science cinematographer Lothar Frenz said on Friday.

The animal was the fourth known species of Peccary, a pig-like mammal found between the southern deserts of the United States and Patagonia. Resembling a wild pig, the peccary has dark, coarse hair and a large head with a circular snout and small ears.

News of the discovery of the giant Peccary was held back till shortly before the airing next Wednesday in Germany of the latest documentary by Frenz, who accompanied a Dutch naturalist, Marc Van Roosmalen, on an expedition to the Amazon region of Rio Aripuana.

The most common species are the White-lipped Peccary (Tayassu Pecari) and the Collared Peccary (Pecari Tajacu). A third sort, the Gran Chaco Peccary, was discovered in Argentina in 1974.

Frenz said, the new species' behaviour and colouring were different, along with its size which is 40 kg and 1.30 metres long.

A report appeared on Saturday in the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung quoting Frenz that he saw the first discovered giant peccary struggling valiantly before villagers killed it, flayed it and roasted it on a spit.

Frenz said he and Van Roosmalen abstained from trying the meat, but collected some of the remains for a genetic study.
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PostPosted: 15-06-2004 14:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's a pretty large animal.
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PostPosted: 15-06-2004 17:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ribs all round then...
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PostPosted: 20-06-2004 14:16    Post subject: New Brazillian fish species Reply with quote

And before someone asks no it doesn't have well trimmed trouser topiary Wink

New fish species discovered off Brazil

Friday, June 18, 2004 Posted: 1028 GMT (1828 HKT)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- Brazilian scientists claimed to have found a new fish species believed to have lurked deep in the south Atlantic Ocean for over 150 million years.

The fish, of the Chimaera genus, is about 30-40 centimeters (12-16 inches) long and is found at depths of 400 to 600 meters (1,300 to 2,000 feet), scientists said Thursday.

"This is a fantastic discovery, because before this we believed there were no Chimaera off the Brazilian coast," said ichthyologist Jules Soto, who discovered the fish.

Soto is the curator of the Oceanography Museum at the Vale do Itajai University and co-author of the fish's scientific description, which will be published in the upcoming edition of the U.S. scientific journal Zootaxa.

Soto said the fish was discovered on a Spanish fishing boat trawling off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state in 2001.

Soto said his students first photographed the Chimaera aboard the vessel as part of a research project, but they were unaware of the fish's importance and threw it back in the ocean.

Soto realized the significance of the discovery while examining the photographs.

"I could see right away it was a very different animal, just from the shape of the fins," Soto said by telephone from Santa Catarina state, 450 miles (700 kilometers) southwest of Rio de Janeiro.

It took Soto and his team two more years to locate more specimens and to complete the scientific work needed to prove it was a new species.

The fish, which Soto has named Hydrolagus mattallansi, has a snub nose, winglike side fins, a spiky back fin and stinger tail. It is closely related to sharks and skates.

The Chimaera can sense the presence of other animals by scanning the electromagnetic field around it, but it also has large eyes that can sense even the smallest bit of light, Soto said.

Ichthyologists called the new Chimaera an "important discovery."

"Deep water fish have been little studied here and it's very difficult to get information about that environment. The sad thing is that environment is being devastated by industrial fishing so species new to science are likely disappearing even before they are discovered," said Adriano Lima, an Ichthyologist at Rio de Janeiro's National Museum.

Scientists have identified about 25,000 fish species in the world but suspect there may be as many as 40,000 yet to be discovered.

Soto said it was rare that such a large vertebrate animal should be undiscovered but that the deep waters off Brazil's coast have not been extensively explored.

He claimed to have discovered three other new species that he is still in the process of describing.

[b]Chimaera evolved 400 million years ago during the Devonian Period and are one of the oldest fish species alive today.
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PostPosted: 24-07-2004 17:06    Post subject: Worlds smallest fish Reply with quote

Indeed the world's smallest vertebrate...
It's not Brazilian, but this seemed the closest match.
I notice it's Australian, that seems inevitable, Australia seems well stocked with weird animals, and poisonous animals, and weird poisonous animals....
Back to the microfiche....


World's tiniest fish identified

The stout infantfish lives exclusively in Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the nearby Coral Sea
The smallest, lightest animal with a backbone has been described for the first time, by scientists in the US.
The miniscule fish, called a stout infantfish, is only about 7mm (just under a quarter of an inch) long.

It lives around Australia's Great Barrier Reef and has snatched the "world's smallest vertebrate" title from the 1cm-long dwarf goby fish.

The infantfish, which is no longer than the width of a pencil, is described in the Records of the Australian Museum.

The first specimen of the tiny creature (Schindleria brevipinguis) was collected way back in 1979, by the Australian Museum's Jeff Leis, during fieldwork in the Lizard Island region of the Great Barrier Reef.

Philip Hastings, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
But the creature was not properly studied for years, until HJ Walker of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California, US, and William Watson of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, La Jolla, US, picked up the case.

"It was a really good day when I first looked under the microscope and recognised something that I knew was a new species," said Dr Walker. "But at the time I didn't realise that I was looking at the world's smallest vertebrate."

Only six specimens of the stout infantfish have ever been found.

The females - at around 8.4mm - seem to be bigger than males, who usually measure in at a diminutive 7mm. They are what scientist term "paedomorphic", which means they retain many infantile characteristics, even when adult.

Baby features

The stout infantfish gets its name from its babyish features, and the fact that it is unusually stout compared to other species of infantfish.

Its tiny frame is matched by its short lifespan, which is thought to be a mere two months. This quick turnover might actually work in the fish's favour, allowing it to keep up with a world that is changing fast.

"It's interesting that these animals experience several generations a year," said Dr Watson. "This suggests they could evolve quickly as well.

Scientist HJ Walker with a jar holding the World's smallest vertebrate
"They live in a specialised habitat that could be threatened by global warming or human development, but they may have the ability to evolve as fast as their environment changes."

Philip Hastings, the curator of the Scripps Marine Vertebrates Collection, says the identification of the stout infantfish is another demonstration that scientists do not yet have a complete picture of marine animals.

"Anytime a scientist identifies an 'extreme' in the world it is important," said Dr Hastings. "Think about the whole envelope of life. Most of us systematists describe things that fill in the dots in the middle of the envelope.

"This new discovery is pushing the edge, increasing the size of the envelope.

"It's important because it demonstrates that we're still expanding our knowledge of the limits of the diversity that's present on this planet and there are still significant discoveries to me made."

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PostPosted: 24-07-2004 17:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

So neither of these are the one that swims up yer urinary tract are they?
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