Post Tagged with: "Canopy"

New Species of Arboreal Lizard, Discovered after Dam Flooding in Amazonas

New Species of Arboreal Lizard, Discovered after Dam Flooding in Amazonas

New Species, Reptiles November 22, 2017 at 3:40 pm

The new species, named Euspondylus excelsum, is arboreal and was discovered when the lizard’s habitat was flooded by a hydroelectric project in the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Central Peru.  The flooding allowed researchers to access to the canopy of the trees of the area.  Specimens were observed on branches or bromeliads in the canopy that was still above water, suggesting the importance of canopy survey method to properly sample arboreal lizards and other canopy dwelling herpetofauna.

New critically endangered tree species depends on unique habitat found only on Kaua’i

New critically endangered tree species depends on unique habitat found only on Kaua’i

New Species, Plants August 30, 2017 at 9:43 pm

The new Melicope species, 5 to 12 m tall, was first collected and documented as early as 1988.  (Melicope oppenheimeri, described in 2016, is one of the rarest tree species on earth).  94 individuals of the new species Melicope stonei, have been mapped by local botanists in regions featuring unique high canopy mesic forest.  Among the most striking characters of Melicope stonei are the ramiflorous inflorescences, meaning that the flowers spring directly from the branches below the leaves..

Boa not seen for 64 years, rediscovered alive after ‘wanted posters’ posted

Boa not seen for 64 years, rediscovered alive after ‘wanted posters’ posted

Lazarus Species, Reptiles June 20, 2017 at 11:18 am

1953 was the last time any researcher saw a Cropan’s boa (Corallus cropanii) alive, which lives in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest south of São Paulo. Since then, the snake—thought to be the rarest boid in the world—has been recorded by scientists just five times. In January, a 1.7-meter-long female was captured by a group of rural workers in January.  The recently-captured boa is lucky: One of its captors was about to hack it to death, when the other two recalled “wanted signs” that had been posted by researchers from the University of São Paulo’s Museum of Zoology and the Butantan Institute,Read More

A canopy-dwelling snake discovered in the Sinharaja World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka

A canopy-dwelling snake discovered in the Sinharaja World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka

New Species, Reptiles September 15, 2016 at 7:54 am

The Sinharaja Tree Snake is a canopy-dweller known only from the Sinharaja World Heritage Site and its vicinity, in the lowland wet zone of Sri Lanka.  The species is rarely sighted, and may be rare. The first specimen collected was a road kill. The photographed individual was found in the canopy at around 15 m above ground level. The rarity of sightings may be due to a highly arboreal nature in the higher canopy of the lowland wet zone. Probable threats to this species are habitat loss and forest fragmentation through deforestation.