Monday, October 8, 2012

Speaking of biodiversity...

From National Geographic this weekend: 

This Borneo horned frog was among thousands of species recorded during a recent biodiversity survey of Mount Kinabalu in northern Borneo.

While this frog isn't new to science, some 160 species discovered during the two-week expedition to the Southeast Asian island in September are, according to a team of Dutch and Malaysian biologists.

Novelties include previously undescribed species of spiders, beetles, snails, damselflies, termites, and flies.

"Mount Kinabalu carries quite a high proportion of species that are found nowhere else on earth," said expedition leader Menno Schilthuizen, of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands.

"Our aim was to find out more about how these endemic species have evolved," he said.

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