Live Science has reported that scientists have discovered an eccentric bunch of species lurking in the rainforests of Borneo.
Some of the newly DISCOVERED SPECIES include the world’s longest known stick insect (measuring an incredible 1.6 feet in length) a color-changing frog that can fly, a fiery snake and (arguably the coolest animal to come down the zoological pike in many a moon) a slug that shoots “love darts,” which its discoverers have dubbed the “Ninja slug.”
The new WWF (World Wildlife Fund) report details the 123 newly identified species that have been discovered since February of 2007, when the three countries that make up Borneo agreed to conserve 85,000 square miles of tropical rainforest, designated as the Heart of Borneo.
That’s a rate of discovery of three species per month. Previously, scientists have estimated that there are about 2 million known species of life on Earth, and anywhere from 5 million to 100 million species that remain undiscovered. Good news indeed for crypto-enthusiasts. Adam Tomasek, who leads the WWF project, had this to say about the amazing discoveries being made:
“As the past three years of independent scientific discovery have proven, new forms of life are constantly being discovered in the Heart of Borneo.”
In order to keep these species (not to mention their lush home) safe from demise, the three governments, under the 2007 agreement, have committed to conserve and sustainably manage the area.
Check out a slide show of some of these amazing creatures here >>