Oct 27 - New Amazon Species

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 10-27-2010, 12:54 PM         #1
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Oct 27 - New Amazon Species
 

 
New Bubble-Bottom Frog


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The poison dart frog Ranitomeya amazonica is one of more than 1,200 new species of plants and vertebrates discovered in the Amazon rain forest between 1999 and 2009, the international conservation group WWF announced Tuesday in a new report highlighting the region's biodiversity.

At least 17 percent of the Amazon has been cleared to make room for cattle or crops that are grown for animal feed and biofuels, WWF says. The wildlife group is calling for greater species protection in the face of increasing development pressure. (Related: "Ethanol Production Could Be Eco-Disaster, Brazil's Critics Say.")

R. amazonica, which sports a burst of "flame" on its head and water-patterned legs, was discovered in 1999 in moist lowland forests. The new species' primary threats include land clearing and collection for the wildlife trade, WWF reports. (See "Farming the Amazon.")

—John Roach

Shocking New Species


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Discovered in 2009 in the Amazon River in Peru and Brazil, the electric knifefish gets its name in part from the high-frequency electric waves it emits to communicate.

Chatter among the males, which have elongated snouts, isn't always friendly. Biting, jaw-locking battles tend to be over nesting sites and females, according to WWF.

The Bald and the Beautiful


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Birders were aflutter when the bald parrot's discovery was announced in 2002, largely because few people could believe such a large and colorful bird could go unnoticed by science.

The parrot is known from only two regions of the Brazilian Amazon: the Lower Madeira River and the headwaters of the Tapajós River. Both habitats are under threat from logging, WWF says.

Bluetooth Headset


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Discovered in French Guiana in 2000, the bluefang spider has a taste for birds, according to WWF.

In addition to arachnids, about 50,000 insect species can be found in any square mile (2.5 square kilometers) of the Amazon rain forest, according to WWF.

River Species Surface


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The Bolivian river dolphin was designated its own species in 2006 and adopted by the Bolivian government as a symbol of its conservation efforts in the Beni region.

River creatures such as the dolphin highlight the Amazon's often overlooked aquatic importance, noted Meg Symington, an Amazon expert for WWF.

"When you say 'Amazon,' most people think of forest. But in addition to being the largest rain forest on Earth, it is also the largest river system on Earth," she said. "The amount of fresh water flowing through the Amazon is almost 20 percent of the world's total."

But Can It Sell Insurance?


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This dwarf gecko, Gonatodes alexandermendesi, from central Guyana was first described in 2006.

The species was discovered along the drainages of two river systems that flow through the region's dense rain forest. The gecko can be found scurrying around boulders, escaping into cracks and crevices when disturbed.

Amazon Pet Project


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Representing one of seven new Amazon monkey species discovered between 1999 and 2009, the first scientifically documented Rio Acari marmosets (such as the one pictured) were kept as pets by inhabitants of a small settlement in the remote central Brazilian Amazon.

The monkey species usually lives in an undisturbed stretch of forest and has not been studied in the wild. As a result, scientists are uncertain of the species' population status or major threats, according to WWF.

Small-Scale New Species


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First documented in 2006, the roughly four-inch-long (ten-centimeter-long) lizard Kaieteurosaurus hindsi was found in Guyana's Kaieteur National Park.

The lizard's pointy scales are its most distinguishing characteristics, herpetologist Philippe Kok, of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, said on the museum's website.

"The discovery of new endemic species in Kaieteur National Park is a solid argument for retaining and even increasing the protection of the park," he added

Pretty Predator


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The Amazon sundew grows in highly acidic and nutrient-poor white-quartz sand savannas. To supplement its diet, the plant lures, grabs, and ingests insects using glandular tentacles topped with sticky secretions and emanating a sweet smell, according to WWF.

Two populations of the elusive plant are now known from Brazil's Rio Negro state park and Viruá National Park, highlighting the importance of protected areas to biodiversity, WWF says.

Hiding Out at the Pet Shop?


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The toothy zebra otocinclus was officially described in 2004 from a tributary of the Rio Ucayali in Peru—though the species had been popular in the aquarium trade for more than a decade.

The fish's known wild habitat is a medium-size creek with clear water and lots of vegetation, but nearby deforestation can disturb such aquatic ecosystems, WWF's Symington said.

"You get lots of siltation that might make it not favorable for fish [and] for some amphibians," she said, "so there can be indirect impacts of deforestation."


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 New Amazon Species: "Bluetooth" Tarantula, Electric Fish

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Thats a colorful a.ss spider
 10-27-2010, 04:47 PM         #4
kjyo20  OP
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lol at the monkey
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damn the monkey is def. new
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Yung C 
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and there's many more we have yet to discover there and in the New Zealand area.








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that's some dope s**t right there
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:agreement6::agreement6:
 10-27-2010, 05:13 PM         #9
TEK2yuhDOME  OP
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 Yung C said:


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That is why certain people should k!ll themselves.
 7 years ago '05        #10
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 Yung C said:
and there's many more we have yet to discover there and in the New Zealand area.








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thats f**ked up. go post that s**t on /b/ f**k outta here
 10-27-2010, 05:47 PM         #11
hurricanegamePZ  OP
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that monkey is how i visualize most boxden members looking like
 10-27-2010, 05:52 PM         #12
illmatix  OP
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 hurricanegamePZ said:
that monkey is how i visualize most boxden members looking like

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what if they found some sort of no homo evolved from a monkey
 10-28-2010, 04:43 PM         #15
Old Man Quillis  OP
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Not to be racist.... But why do white people have to put their hands on everything??? Why can't you just leave s**t alone.

20 years from now that rain forest won't even be there.
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ItAlY2BkLyN 238 heat pts238
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 palogee said:
Not to be racist.... But why do white people have to put their hands on everything??? Why can't you just leave s**t alone.

20 years from now that rain forest won't even be there.
It's ok we know you can't help but be racist.
 7 years ago '05        #17
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That lizard looks like the beginning evolutionary stages of a T-Rex.

 10-28-2010, 05:57 PM         #18
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 palogee said:
Not to be racist.... But why do white people have to put their hands on everything??? Why can't you just leave s**t alone.

20 years from now that rain forest won't even be there.
and if black people put their hands on it, the same thing that happen to that cat would happen to everything in that forest. the white people want to PRESERVE not to destroy it. i tell you reading some of these racist bulls**t comments pisses me the f**k off
 10-28-2010, 05:58 PM         #19
donmeca2020  OP
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 Yung C said:
and there's many more we have yet to discover there and in the New Zealand area.








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thats some f**ked up s**t and black people wonder why their always getting thrown in jail and over populating the jail and prison systems
 10-28-2010, 06:21 PM         #20
YOUNGZERO  OP
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 Yung C said:
and there's many more we have yet to discover there and in the New Zealand area.








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Perfect example of low intelligence.
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