There is nothing more exciting, or illuminating about the wonders of the amazing planet we live on, than when we suddenly discover new species that we never knew existed, despite the extent to which we have 'mastered' our planet. Recent expeditions to Papua New Guinea have discovered beautiful, wonderful animals, none of them ever seen before (other than by Papua New Guineans, of course -
Litoria sauroni -
A fanged frog. They hide under the water until a bird alights to drink and then leap out and kill it. Yes, a frog that kills birds. The males also use the fangs to fight during courtship rituals.
Camouflage spider (my name). It resembles lichen and hides on trees.
I have no more information on this animal, but it is awesome-
Not a lot of info on this species. Also observed in the Mt Bosavi crater, it is presumed to be important for the local ecosystem in spreading fruit seeds ... well, that's kind of obvious really.
Completely unafraid because of never having seen human beings before, this is the largest predator in the Mt Bosavi crater. Three feet/one metre long and cute-
SILKY CUSCUS (Phalanger sericeus)
Species of the Silky Cuscus are found in various parts of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. This subspecies weighs around 15 pounds (7kg) and has dense silky fur to protect it from the cold.
KING BIRD OF PARADISE (Cicinnurus regius)
The members of the Bird-
PYGMY PARROT (Micropsitta)
These parrots, as their name suggests, are the smallest members of the parrot family and are even smaller than budgerigars. There are six species, which are found in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Unusually for birds, pygmy parrots eat a lot of lichen and fungus as well as some seeds, fruit and insects.
Puffed frog -
Orthrus jumping spider