Thursday, October 7, 2010

I have no name

While we may have flying machines, submarines, auto mobiles, and plenty of other types of vehicles there are still many places on earth that are difficult for humans to reach. On a recent 2009 expedition to New Guinea a slew of new species was discovered, most of which have yet to be named. Here's a type of fruit bat that relies on it's eco system as much as the eco system relies on it. Info below courtesy of National Geographic -

"This tube-nosed fruit bat is just one of the roughly 200 species encountered during two scientific expeditions to Papua New Guinea in 2009—including a katydid that "aims for the eyes" and a frog that does a mean cricket impression, Conservation International announced late Tuesday.
Though seen on previous expeditions, the bat has yet to be formally documented as a new species, or even named. Like other fruit bats, though, it disperses seeds from the fruit in its diet, perhaps making the flying mammal crucial to its tropical rain forest ecosystem.
In all, the expeditions to Papua New Guinea's Nakanai and Muller mountain ranges found 24 new species of frogs, 2 new mammals, and nearly a hundred new insects. The remote island country's mountain ranges—which have yielded troves of new and unusual species in recent years—are accessible only by plane, boat, foot, or helicopter."

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