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Big-Eared Bat, Once Feared Extinct, Rediscovered after 120 Years

New Guinea bat rediscovered

Sometimes research into one question reveals the answer to another. In July 2012 Catherine Hughes and Julie Broken-Brow, students at the University of Queensland in Australia, were in Papua New Guinea studying how the region’s tiny microbats responded to sustainable logging of their forest homes. As part of the project, the scientists trapped and caught [...]

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Sunday Species Snapshot: Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo

Goodfellow's tree-kangaroo

Yes, there are kangaroos that live in trees. Like the famous hoppers of Australia, tree-kangaroos are marsupials. Unlike ground kangaroos, tree-kangaroos are adapted for arboreal life, making them particularly vulnerable to deforestation. Species name: Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo, a.k.a. the ornate tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi). Where found: The rainforests of Papua New Guinea, mostly in mountain regions. IUCN [...]

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World’s Largest Butterfly Threatened by Shrinking Habitat and Deforestation

Queen Alexandra's Birdwing 2

Counting butterflies in the wild is not an easy task, even when you are looking for the largest butterfly in the world, the Queen Alexandra’s birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae) of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Females of the species have an impressive and eye-catching 30-centimeter wingspan, 50 percent larger than the more colorful males. But the Queen [...]

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New pink nudibranch, feather stars and crustaceans in a clam found in PNG lagoon

Phyllidiella new species nudibranch

There’s a new species convention happening somewhere right now and none of us got the memo because old. But that’s okay because we’ve got ROFLCon and Anthrocon Playstations. This week an international team of researchers announced that they’ve identified some 80 new species of plants and animals along Papua New Guinea’s Hindenburg Wall, a 50-km [...]

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