Exotic Animals from Papua Island

Exotic Animals from Papua Island

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Tube-nosed fruit bat This tube-nosed fruit bat (Nyctimene sp.) From Papua New Guinea's New Guinea's Papua New Guinea's Muller Range does not yet have a name but has been found in other parts of New Guinea. It is probably restricted to hill forests on the island. The bat was observed by RAP researchers in 2009. (Piotr Naskrecki)

On them 20th anniversary of field study, Conservation Internationals Rapid Assessment Program has named the top 20 RAPs of the program history, which many of them came from Papua Island. These species are some of the most biologically unique, surprising, or threatened discovery.

In commemorating their 20 years of fieldwork, the Conservation International "Rapid Assessment Program" has named the Topa 20 RAP in program history, many of whom are from the archipelago. Papua. This species is "some of the most biologically unique, shocking, or gripping finds."

This shark was made for 'walking' The walking shark (Hemiscyllium galei) was discovered during a RAP expedition to Indonesia's Cenderawasih Bay in 2006. Despite its name, this shark can swim. However, it prefers to walk along the shallow reef flats on its fins, preying on shrimp, crabs, snails and small fish. (Gerald Allen)

Did you know out of 1.9 million species have been documented, and yet another 30 million still waiting to be discover and scientifically described? Because many disappeared before scientist discover, which known as Centilan extinction.

Smoky honeyeater A new species of smoky honeyeater (Melipotes carolae) was found in 2005 during a RAP expedition to the Foja Mountains of Indonesia's Papua province on the island of New Guinea. (Bruce Beeler)

Russ Mittermeier, Conservation International President, say, We have truly laid the groundwork for future and contingencies that already carrying the cause of conservation forward.

Here some of the pictures of RAPs Stars in the world come from Papua Island.

Russ Mittermeier, President of Conservation International, said, "We have really laid the foundations for the future and created contingencies that have already documented the causes of conservation going forward.

Here are some photos from RAP's Stars in the animal world from the islands of Papua. "

What's in a name? This new species of flasher wrasse (Paracheilinus nursalim) was discovered during a 2006 RAP expedition to west Papua, Indonesia. The males go through an amazing courtship ritual in which "electric" colors are flashed periodically to attract nearby females. The naming rights for this species were auctioned off to the family of Cherie Nursalim, the wife of Conservation International board member Enki Tan. The donation went to the Birds Head Seascape, a global priority for marine conservation. (Gerald Allen) What big eyes! This 6-inch-long tree frog (Nyctimystes sp.) With enormous eyes was found next to a clear-running mountain river during a RAP expedition to Papua New Guineas highland wilderness in 2008. It belongs to a group of frogs with an unusual veinlike pattern on the eyelid. Its tadpoles have enormous suckerlike mouths that allow them to graze on exposed rocks in torrential stream environments. (Stephen Richards / Conservation Int'l)Pinocchio frog

This frog (Litoria sp. Nov.) Was discovered during a RAP expedition to the Foja Mountains of Indonesia's Papua province in 2008. The frog has a long, Pinocchio-like protuberance on its nose that points upward when the male is calling but deflates and points downward when he is less active. Its discovery was a happy accident: Herpetologist Paul Oliver spotted it sitting on a bag of rice in the campsite. (Tim Page)

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