While Papua New Guinea remains the almost-
BALD PARROT (Pyrilia aurantiocephala)
This parrot's discovery in 2002 was a major shock, mainly because such a large and distinctive bird cluld have gone unnoticed for so long. This parrot is only found in two distinct areas of the Brazilian Amazon, both under threat of logging.
This is a species of what are called poison-
AMAZON SUNDEW (Drosera Spathulata)
Officially described by scientists in 2009. Because it grows on highly acidic and nutrient-
BIOLUMINISCENT MUSHROOMS (Mycena luxaeterna)
CHAMELEON (Furcifer timoni)
With a red splash on color on its head and blue spots all over its body, this "glam-
CLONING LIZARD (Leiolepis ngovantrii)
The newfound Leiolepis ngovantrii is no run-
FROGFISH (Histiophryne psychedelica)
Yes, this Indonesian fish, Histiophryne psychedelica , is walking on his fins. The source of the frogfish's surname, psychedelica, need not be explained, but the flatness of its face has raised an interesting hypothesis. Scientists believe the psychedelic frogfish feels its way through dark caves by touching edges with its splayed-
LOUISIANA PANCAKE BATFISH (Halieutichthys intermedius)
Pancake batfish are so named from the flat shape of their bodies and from their motion on the sea bed, described as similar to a bat crawling. They have pelvic fins which act like feet, complete with elbows to hop along the sea floor. They feed on invertebrates, and use chemical lures to catch prey. They are small enough to fit in the palm of a human hand and are described as being as thick as a "fluffy pancake". They inflate tehir bodies to appear more threatening to possible predators
NORTHERN SIERRA MADRE FOREST MONITOR LIZARD (Varanus bitatawa)
A "spectacular" new species of giant, secretive, colorful and fruit-
A scientist commented "We think that it had not been discovered (before) primarily because of its secretiveness and because few comprehensive studies of amphibians and reptiles have been conducted in the inaccessible forests of NE Luzon Island."
The huge lizard spends much of its time high in the trees overlooking the forest floor. Perhaps because of its size and apparent tree-
Unlike its Komodo dragon relative, the Northern Sierra Madre Forest Monitor Lizard is primarily a vegetarian, subsisting on Pandanus fruit, figs, Pili nut fruits and the occasional snail.