Post Tagged with: "Sulawesi"

Five new species of flowering trees from Sulawesi

Five new species of flowering trees from Sulawesi

New Species, Plants June 22, 2017 at 11:29 am

Syzygium is a genus of flowering trees and shrubs in the myrtle family that contains more than 1,500 species. Only 14 of those were previously known to occur on Sulawesi, the world’s eleventh-largest island, however. By comparison, Borneo, Sulawesi’s larger neighbor to the west (and the third largest island in the world), is home to around 200 Syzygium species.  Three of the five newly described species on Sulawesi qualify for an endangered listing on the IUCN Red List.

A new genus of slopefish, discovered in a fish market, and photographed during a coelocanth survey.

A new genus of slopefish, discovered in a fish market, and photographed during a coelocanth survey.

Fish, New Species June 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm

An entirely new genus is described from the mesophotic reefs of Indonesia, just the second genus to join the slopefish family.  Cymatognathus aureolateralis, the Wavy Jaw Slopefish, was discovered by chance at a local fish market in Northern Sulawesi, where it had been collected as bycatch. Our only glimpse at this fish in life comes courtesy of a single, tantalizing image captured at a depth of 200 meters as part of a coelacanth survey.  

Two species of Tarsiers named after first being collected 1908 and 1939

Two species of Tarsiers named after first being collected 1908 and 1939

Mammals, New Species May 8, 2017 at 8:31 am

Two new tarsier species are described from the northern peninsula of Sulawesi.  Distinct vocalizations helped classify these tarsiers as distinct species.  With these two new species, the total number of primates in Indonesia rises to 80 and the number of recognized tarsier species from Sulawesi and nearby islands rises to 11. The Gursky’s spectral tarsier (Tarsius spectrumgurskyae) from Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo: Alfrets Masala / Shekelle et al / Primate Conservation.

A New Genus and Species of Rat, from Sulawesi.

A New Genus and Species of Rat, from Sulawesi.

Mammals, New Species April 19, 2016 at 9:47 am

An international research team discovered the rat, a new genus and species, on the remote and relatively inaccessible slopes of Mount Gandang Dewata, a mountainous region of Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island, a renowned hotspot for biodiversity. The scientists were surprised to discover that the slender rat is omnivorous, not carnivorous, like its island cousin. Also, “one has evolved for swimming and one for life on land, yet in evolutionary terms they are sisters.” Gracilimus radix, or the slender rat, discovered on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. Photo: Museum Victoria

New bird species from Sulawesi, confirmed 15 years after first observation

New bird species from Sulawesi, confirmed 15 years after first observation

Birds, New Species May 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

A team led by researchers from Princeton University, Michigan State University and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences has confirmed the discovery of a new bird species more than 15 years after the elusive animal was first seen on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

New Frog Species Reproduces Like No Other

New Frog Species Reproduces Like No Other

Amphibians, New Species January 4, 2015 at 12:00 am

I one of the tallest rain forests in the world, scientists have discovered a fanged frog that gives birth to live tadpoles. Of the 6,455 known species of frogs on our planet, it is the only one to exhibit this particular behavior. Like a handful of other frogs and toads, this newly-described amphibian from Sulawesi Island is capable of internal fertilization.

Wakatobi Flowerpecker: New Species of Bird Discovered in Indonesia.

Wakatobi Flowerpecker: New Species of Bird Discovered in Indonesia.

Birds, New Species June 10, 2014 at 12:51 am

Ornithologists described a new species of flowerpecker – Wakatobi flowerpecker (Dicaeum kuehni) – from the Wakatobi Islands of Indonesia.