Thursday, June 7, 2007
New species found in tropical rainforest
[Photograph by Paul Ouboter]
From the website of Conservation International, this report of 24 new species found in Suriname, South America.
A number of insects, especially ants were found. I suppose it's easy to see how ants can be overlooked. They are rather tiny, the forest is rather thick, and Suriname must be ant paradise. But there were also some reptiles, like the frog with fluorescent purple markings and small fish.
The study was the result of a collaboration between Conservation International and the two bauxite mining companies in Suriname, Suralco and Billiton Maatschappij. About 80% of Suriname is covered with rainforest, and the bauxite industry is its single largest source of income (70% of export earnings).
Suriname's tropical rainforest is at risk as a result of logging result of mining activities.