From Wildlife Extra:
Forgotten Mozambique forest yields 3 new species of butterfly and a new snake
Kew scientists explore Mount Mabu
December 2008. Scientists based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) have led the first expedition to the previously unmapped Mount Mabu in northern Mozambique, funded by the Darwin Initiative. The expedition is part of RBG Kew’s ongoing work with Mozambique’s government to identify priority areas for conservation in the face of rapid development. …
Wealth of wildlife – New butterfly species
They found a wealth of wildlife including pygmy chameleons, Swynnerton’s robin, butterflies such as the Small Striped Swordtail and Emperor Swallowtail as well as three new species, a previously undiscovered species of [Atheris] adder and many exotic plants, including a rarely seen orchid. The team brought back over 500 plant specimens and are looking forward to finding out more about the species they collected.
Three very rare species of bird
Mount Mabu is also home to three bird species not known in the area previously:
Thyolo Alethe – globally threatened and seen in moderate numbers in the Mabu forest
Namuli apalis – Mozambique’s only endemic species, previously known on one mountain. The fact it has been spotted on Mabu is significant for conservation.
Swynnerton’s Robin – previously only known from three locations (Tanzania’s east coast, Zimbabwe and central Mozambique)
See also here.
Mozambique agrees to protect lost rainforest of Mount Mabu: here.
Expeditions to search for new species in Mozambique & Madagascar: here.
Sexy Or Repulsive? Butterfly Wings Can Be Both To Mates And Predators: here.