Updated on : 9th Feb 2010
A new species of bird - the Flowerpecker has been seen in the Bornean rainforest. It was spotted only once.
Late June Faculty of Biological Science at the University of Leeds David Edward came across a pair of birds near Borneo rainforest lodge. These birds were known as "Spectacled Flowerpeckers".
The details of the discovery were published on February 9, 2010 in Oriental Bird Club's Magazine.
The details of the discovery
Edward was accompanied by a guide to the forest through a 250m canopy walkway which was built for the visitors to enjoy the tropical rainforest at eye level. When Edward stopped to examine the flowering mistletoe in a tree that was 35 m above the ground level.
He spotted many known species of flowerpeckes that was feeding on the mistletoe berries. And there was a bird that he was not able to recognize. Fortunately the guide managed to take some photo to the unrecognized bird.
The photograph showed that the bird was attractive grey in color with bright white arcs around its eyes. The bird has a white throat which extents as a broad white stripe down to the centre of the stomach. And along the breast sides it has white tufts.
After some discussion they concluded that they have spotted a new species that was never recorded before anywhere in the world.
Edwards explored the whole area for several times, but there was no further sign of the Spectacled Flowerpeckers bird.
The newly discovered bird species is little known that it has not yet be given a biological name.
Smallest eel-loach fish
Updated on : 8th Feb 2010
The fish can grow to a maximum size of about 20mm. the new species is named as Pangio Longimanus by the Museum ichthyologist. The name Pangio Longimanus means "Long Hand" this name was given to the fish as the male species of this fish has a very long pectoral fins that can stretch to about 16% of their body length.
This new species belongs to the genus Pangio. The species that belongs to this group are famous aquarium fishes. These fishes can be seen swimming at the bottom of the tank. In the natural habitat these fish can be seen in the leaf litter and at the bottom of the streams and rivers.
This smallest eel-loach fish was scientifically discovered for the first time on February 8, 2010.
To make sure that the smallest eel-loach is a new species the scientist compared the specimen with the other specimens in the museum. During the research the detailed measurement and other related studies were done.
The result showed that Pangio Longimanus is the smallest species in the Pangio genus, the adults growing less than 23 mm. this growth of the fish is 5 to 100 mm smaller than the other species of fish in the same group.
Updated on : 4th Feb 2010
Researchers have found a new epidemic gecko species in Nature Reserve of Ta Cu in Binh Thuan province on February 4, 2010. The newly discovered species is named as Gekko takouensis sp. Nov. Ngo & Gamble because it was discovered by an expert Ngo Van Tri from the HCM City Institute of Tropical Biology and DR. Tony Gamble from Minnesota University, USA.
This is the second gecko species found on the mountain of Ta Cu. The first discovered species was a bent toe gecko named Cyrtodactylus takouensis Ngo & Bauer.
New species of short living fish
Scientist of Czech has discovered a new species of tiny killifish that inhabits the pools of savannah. There are many killifish in the world what the unique thing about the new species is that they have a very short lifespan. They have only four months of life.
The team identified the fish on an expedition to Mozambique in 2008 and they have published their discover on February 3, 2010 and is named as Nothobranchius Kadleci.
The fish is found to be living during the rainy season when temporary pools are formed in the savannah region. The fish lay eggs in the mud which can survive in the dry season. The fishes grow very fast within 3 to 4 weeks they are able to reproduce.
Updated on : 02nd Feb 2010
City college researchers of New York have found a new species of spiny pocket mouse. The researchers unrevealed this small pocket mouse on February 2, 2010. This small pocket mouse has its habitat in Venezuela's coastal range.
Trinidad spiny pocket mouse a relative to the new spiny pocket mouse is found commonly in the areas of Caribbean, Columbia, and Venezuela.
The significant difference between these two mouse species is the overlook that includes the darker fur, lack of round ears, and wider and less elongated skull. Their habitats also differ with higher altitude.