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Giant lungless worm

Updated on : 23rd Nov 2009 11:46 a.m IST.

Giant lungless worm was discovered by the researches in guinea. This lungless amphibian has the capacity to live on land with no lungs, nostrils, and legs

Researchers said that this worm is a group of amphibian called as caecilians. Only one species of caecilian is found to live without lungs.

The first lungless caecilian was found on 1999 and in 2008 a group of researchers found a lungless, tiny, land living frog.

This newly discovered species is named as Caecilita iworkramae and it is different from other lungless caecilian. This new species is found to survive on land and it is 11 cm in length. While the relative lungless of this species is found to be fully aquatic and it can grow to a length of about 70 cm.

The study about the worm revealed that losing the lungs help these worms to decrease their body diameter to burrow themselves better in the soil. The researcher Wake said that they might have lost their lungs since they don't need them any longer.

Strange bone worms

Updated on : 20th Nov 2009 11:46 a.m IST.

Some strange creatures can be seen on the ocean floor. Of those creatures the weird bone worms were now discovered by the scientists on 17November2009.

These bone worms have no eyes and mouth. They feed on the bones of the death whale. Bone worms belong to the genus Osedax. The first species of bone worms was discovered in 2002 off the cost of California.

These bone worms begin their life as a microscopic larvae and starts floating through the deep ocean. When they met a dead animal bone in the ocean bed they settle on them. They begin to grow and start looking like a tiny tree. At one end of the bone worm the root like structures grow into the bone of the death animal. These root structures break the proteins in the bone and supply nutrients to the worm. At the other end of the worm are the feather appendages that are called as palps which helps them to take in oxygen.

The palps are found waving in the ocean. The feathery palps can be found in red, green, pink in colors. The palps can also have stripes in them. In some bone worms these feathery palps are absent.

New species of fish found

Updated on : 13th Nov 2009 12:23 p.m IST.

Prosanta Chakrabarty a biologist who belongs to the University of Louisiana State has discovered two new species of fish. This new species of fish were found to live seven miles off the coast of Terrebonne Parish.

The newly discovered fish species are likely a variant of a fish known as pancake batfish. These creatures are mostly unknown since they are bottom dwellers.

This new fish uses its fins to tremble around the ocean floor. They have round head and long nose that can shoot out a small lure that is used to attract living creatures near its mouth.

The species has not named yet. It will be given a name when the biologist publishes hid findings next year. The name will be printed and officially guaranteed at that time.

Three new species discovered in Vietnam

Updated on : 31th Oct 2009 03:19 p.m IST.

Vietnam scientists along with foreign scientists have discovered three new species which includes frog, toad and gecko in Vietnam.

The toad was found in a forest in the tropical evergreen forest in the Song Thanh Natural Reserve. The newly discovered toad species is named as Ap-li-bai Leptolalax Applebyi Rowley and Cao, 2009. This toad was discovered by the Vinh Teacher training university researcher named Cao Tien Trung. Usually this type of toads are seen in the evergreen forests at an height of about 1300 to 1400 above sea level.

A Russian scientist discovered a frog species in the central highlands provinces of Kon Tum. The newly discovered frog species is named as Leptobrachium ngoclinhense.

At the same time Vietnam, American and German scientists discovered a new gecko species. This new species was discovered in the southern province of Dong Nai in the Chua chan mountain. This newly discovered species is the 8 one in the gecko species.

Legless amphibians found in northeast

Updated on : 29th Oct 2009 12:37 p.m IST.

Researcher from the Delhi University along with his colleagues found three legless amphibians in the forest of Manipur and Nagaland. Of the three species, one of them has a moustache like stripes on the upper lip. This characteristic is not common in any other caecilians.

All these three species was discovered in a forest area that is now being converted into agricultural lands.

The researches named the species with the moustache as Ichthyophis moustakius. And the other two species are named as Lcthyophis sendenyu and Lchthyophis khumhzi. The newly discovered species are about the size of the foot and Khumhzi is about 1.5 ft long.

The team of researchers surveyed the states from 2006 and 2008 and dug tons of soil to found these new species.

The research study also revealed that the habitats of these species are disappearing and the government needs to take immediate steps to prevent these newly discovered species.

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