Post Tagged with: "Papua New Guinea"

Literally lost in the early 1800’s, a monitor lizard species is rediscovered in Papua New Guinea

Literally lost in the early 1800’s, a monitor lizard species is rediscovered in Papua New Guinea

Lazarus Species, New Species, Reptiles May 9, 2017 at 7:59 am

A monitor lizard lost to science in an 1800s shipwreck has been rediscovered on New Ireland, an island in Papua New Guinea. The medium-size monitor, Varanus douarrha, was first identified by French naturalist René Lesson in 1823. The specimen of the lizard collected by Lesson went down in a shipwreck off the Cape of Good Hope in 1824, however, so the monitor lizard was never systematically studied.  Varanus douarrha is now identified as a distinct from a the common mangrove monitor species (Varanus indicus) found all over New Guinea.  

A new species of velvet skate, from Papua New Guinea

A new species of velvet skate, from Papua New Guinea

Fish, New Species April 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

A medium-size species of arhynchobatid skate. White, William T., et al. 2017. Fig 2. Preserved holotype of Notoraja sereti n. sp. (female 459 mm TL)

A new lanternshark, found near Papua New Guinea

A new lanternshark, found near Papua New Guinea

Fish, New Species March 15, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Etmopterus samadiae is a relatively small, slender, species of lanternshark.  Nine specimens were identified, from  527–539 m depth, east of Malmal Passage, Madang, Papua New Guinea.

A miniature goby that lives in abandoned worm tubes

A miniature goby that lives in abandoned worm tubes

Fish, New Species January 31, 2017 at 9:40 am

This tiny new goby was found living 65 to 115 feet (20 to 35m) deep in Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea, on or around the abandoned tubes of tubeworms which grow out of silt up to a foot (30cm) high, and covered with encrusting invertebrates.

Ten new species of microhylid frogs from Papua New Guinea

Ten new species of microhylid frogs from Papua New Guinea

Amphibians, New Species November 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

   

A new species of goby

A new species of goby

Fish, New Species November 2, 2016 at 9:29 am

A new species of goby, Asterropteryx profunda, is described on the basis of three adult specimens, ~10 mm long, from Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea and Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi Province of Indonesia. It has also been photographed at Anilao, Luzon, Philippines.  The new species occurs in relatively deep water, approximately 45-70 m, compared to other members of the genus.

Striking new tree frog from Papua New Guinea

Striking new tree frog from Papua New Guinea

Amphibians, New Species June 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

A new species of the microhylid frog genus Mantophryne is described from Woodlark Island in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.

New Species of Rat, an ‘Island Giant’ from the Melanesian Archipelago

New Species of Rat, an ‘Island Giant’ from the Melanesian Archipelago

Mammals, New Species April 19, 2016 at 10:53 am

Over millennia of isolation on Manus, detentus has adapted to conditions. It has powerful front incisors but small molars, suggesting it uses its front teeth to break open hard nuts. It is an “island giant”, larger than almost any rat across the Melanesian archipelago. A typical detentus weighs nearly half a kilogram, with short, very coarse fur and a short tail.

New species of eagle ray

New species of eagle ray

Fish, New Species July 30, 2015 at 5:49 am

A new species of eagle ray, called Blue-banded Eagle Ray  is described based on specimens collected in Northern Austalia and Southern Papua New Guinea, found on soft bottoms at depths of 8-117 m.  The photograph shows the colouration of an adult, in fact, a pregnant female and late-term embryos.