View Full Version : New Species Photos: Slug-Sucking Snake, Mini-Gecko, More

Master Khan
08-01-2010, 04:21 PM
Making this thread took time lol :).

New Species
A new species, this as yet unnamed rain frog looks toward an uncertain future.
The frog is one of 30 unknown species found in Ecuador's highland forests by a team of U.S. and Ecuadorian researchers, the nonprofit, Arizona-based Reptile & Amphibian Ecology International announced January 14, 2010. As Central and South America’s increasingly isolated "islands" of mountaintop forest fall to the ax, and heat up with global warming, scientists fear many such species will be lost before we ever knew they existed, the organization says.

Slug-Sucking Snake
Just 20 minutes of nighttime searching in a rare patch of coastal dry forest in Ecuador enabled scientists to spot this new species of snake—on a branch just above biologist Paul Hamilton’s head.
"That just goes to show how little we know about what's out there," said Hamilton, who led the Reptile & Amphibian Ecology International team.
The slug-sucking snake is one of a small group that feasts on gastropods such as slugs and snails. Not only is the snake an unknown species, but its closest relative lives almost 350 miles (560 kilometers) away in Peru.

Tree Frog With Red Iris

A new species, announced January 2010, of rain frog crouches on a leaf in its forest home in Ecuador.
The frogs' lifestyle is so thoroughly arboreal that, instead of laying eggs in water, the frogs deposit their eggs in trees. And instead of hatching as tadpoles, the offspring emerge as miniature versions of their parents—some not much larger than pinheads.

New Species of Stick Insect

The RAEI team uncovered four intriguing stick-insect species—including the above animal—which boast some of the animal kingdom’s best camouflage.
Scientists searching for reptiles and amphibians captured the photogenic insects on film—and later were surprised to learn they'd discovered four new species of the genus Xylospinodes.

Scaly-Eyed Gecko
The scaly-eyed gecko (Lepidoblepharis buchwaldi)—also a new species—can perch comfortably atop a pencil eraser, even as an adult.
"They crawl around in leaf litter on the forest floor, and they are so small they are very hard to find," biologist Hamilton explained. "All of these things take a lot of time to find, and if we don't get to work and put in a lot of hours we're going to miss ever seeing a lot of these little things."

Lungless Salamander
This lungless salamander, which breathes through its skin, is one of three similar species RAEI scientists spotted in Ecuadorian forests. (Related: "First Lungless Frog Found.")
Like nearly half of the new species announced by RAEI in January 2010, the salamander—which is not a new species—dwells on Cerro Pata de Pájaro. The cloud forest-capped mountain straddles the Equator six miles (ten kilometers) from the Pacific Ocean.
The few square miles of forest here are home to 14 new species found nowhere else. "These populations have probably been limited to these refugia since the Pleistocene," Hamilton said, "about 11,000 years ago [prehistoric time line]."

Heart of Glass
This so-called glass frog's transparent body lacks pigmentation and reveals its organs in action—including a beating heart.
More than 150 species of glass frogs are found in rain forest trees across Central and South America, RAEI says (pictures of tropical rain forests). But many are feeling pressures like those that threaten their frog relatives worldwide.

Dwarf Iguana

A male O'Shaughnessy's Dwarf Iguana (Enyalioides oshaughnessyi) can cut an imposing figure. But the animal may be helpless in the face of threats to its cloud forest home, RAEI says.
"These species face a double whammy," RAEI's Paul Hamilton said, referring to habitat loss and global warming.
Cerro Pata de Pájaro is being deforested on all sides for the expansion of cattle grazing, RAEI says. Climate change may also heat up—and dry up—cloud forests, which could leave animals unable to adapt with nowhere to go.

from national geographic

08-02-2010, 02:12 AM
Excuses, Exuses!Useless!you are not supposed to show these crappy snakes and frogs since this is not what suit our Pashtun culture. I log into PF everytime to see some decent stuff, not your transparent frogs hanging from the branches. You even wasted your precious time in making this. I am not even going to say my Thanks to you since you do not deserve it for committing this crime.
P.S.Good job, Shao Khan.The lungless salamander is pretty interesting.The heartglass one is something I never knew..How fascinating is that...manana.

Levanaye Zalmaye
08-02-2010, 06:45 AM
Gulalai what's wrong with you?

Thanks Master Khan

She is practicing her Yahweh-given right of sarcasm.

Master Khan
08-02-2010, 04:04 PM
lol Gulalai that was a strage comment lol.

manana everyone. :)