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Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:21 pm Post subject: New Species discovered in Central Suriname Nature Reserve
Scientists find 24 species in Suriname which borders Brazil, Guyana and French Guiana - SOUTH AMERICA - AMAMZON Rainforest.
"This is a totally unexplored area: lots of new species, with many more still to be found," says Leeanne Alonso, CI vice president and head of the RAP program. "Our study will be a vital component in determining how to promote economic development in Suriname while protecting the nationâ€™s most valuable natural assets."
This includes a fish, of the genus Guyanancistrus and discovered by the 2005 RAP team, is seen in this undated handout photo (click on the link below). This species of dwarf catfish, likely to be unique to the eastern plateaus of Suriname, is called 'big mouth' by its discoverers due to the unusually large size of its mouth. It is one of 24 new species found in the South American highlands of Suriname, conservationists reported on June 4, 2007, warning that these creatures are threatened by illegal gold mining.
Among the species found were the atelopus frog, which has distinctive purple markings; six types of fish; 12 dung beetles, and one ant species
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