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Jakarta Post

New bat, gecko, pigeon identified in Papua

  • Yenni Djahidin

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 17 2010   /  09:23 am

Almost two years after ending their expedition to one of the most remote areas in the world, a group of scientists announced Saturday that it has identified a variety of new species, including a Pinocchio-like frog with a long nose, a dwarf wallaby, and several new insects in the Foja Mountains of Indonesia’s Papua province. New species: (clockwise, from top left) The Imperial pigeon, tree mouse, gecko, blossom bat, long-nose tree frog and dwarf walla: Courtesy of Tim Laman/National Geographic and Neville KempOne of the scientists, Bruce Beehler, told The Jakarta Post that they have had to wait this long until the participating field scientists have determined what species the animals belonged to. The process, he explained, can take weeks, months, years and even decades.“For many of the insects, scientists will probably be describing new species from the Foja Mountains a decade from ...