New animal species discovered in Papua New Guinea

This video says about itself:

Lake Hargy Expedition reveals the unspoilt beauty of the region surrounding the lake. A land forgotten in time, New Britain, Papua New Guinea

From Conservation International:

In 2008, Conservation International (CI) led a Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) expedition to the Kaijende highlands and Hewa wilderness of Papua New Guinea (PNG). It was a truly a collaborative effort with CI’s specialists being joined by other scientists from both PNG and institutions such as the University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum to explore the region alongside members of the local communities. …

During the survey more than 600 species were documented over a number of different taxonomic groups including; amphibians, mammals, birds, reptiles, plants, and invertebrates. Of the discoveries made, a large number of species were found to be potentially new to science, and of these many are now being published and given scientific names and can now be confirmed as new.

The final results will provide decision makers with the tools necessary to enable them to balance development with protecting biodiversity that benefits both the local communities and the global ecosystem.

Species found include:


Orthrus jumping spider

This jumping spider was found in the rainforest of the highlands wilderness in Papua New Guinea.

Tabuina varirata jumping spider

Jumping spiders can jump to a height of at least 6 inches using blood pressure in their legs.

Uroballus jumping spider

Nothing is known about the ecology of this species of jumping spider.

Cucudeta jumping spider

This small jumping spider that vaguely resembles an ant was found among leaves on the ground of the dense rainforest at Tualapa.

Yamangalea jumping spider

This species belongs to the subfamily Cocalodinae, a highly distinctive group unique to New Guinea and region that previously had only two known genera.

Tabuina rufa jumping spider

This jumping spider was found on a tree in the rainforest. It is not only a species new to science, but Tabuina is a genus new to science.


Nyctimystes frog

This is a large and spectacular new frog and was discovered next to a clear running mountain river.

Litoria frog

Frogs from this group can be extremely variable in their appearance, and the sound of their call is one of the best ways both to distinguish among the species.

Oreophryne frog

This tiny species with a sharp chirping call is known only from limestone hills, where it was first found.


Cyrtodactylus Gecko

A beautiful gecko known only from a single specimen collected in dense rainforest at Tualapa in the Strickland River headwaters.

See also, with pictures, here.

8 thoughts on “New animal species discovered in Papua New Guinea


    Madang, Papua New Guinea’s Mighty Ramu River Rainforests, Carbon and Peoples Threatened by Timber Mafia & Government Corruption

    By Ecological Internet’s Rainforest Portal with Rainforest Rescue &
    August 2, 2009


    Let the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government know it must follow its people’s wishes and end industrial rainforest destruction once and for all. Support local landowners in Madang Province and nationwide working bravely to end primary forest logging and pursue REDD carbon monies and other means to benefit from standing rainforests. The government cannot corruptly pursue both continued industrial logging and oil palm, and still expect to receive carbon market REDD payments for intact rainforest protection.





    Resistance Growing to Ecologically Devastating Chinese Mining Invasion of Madang, Papua New Guinea

    By Rainforest Portal, a project of Ecological Internet
    April 1, 2010


    Chinese government owned China Metallurgical Construction (MCC) corporation’s efforts to establish the massively destructive Ramu Nickel mine in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea – the largest investment in metal exploration and mining by the Chinese outside of China – is in serious jeopardy. Local landowners are successfully initiating court cases and protests to demand mine tailings not be dumped into the sea –poisoning fish stocks and causing extreme ecological destruction – or the mine be stopped. The entire project has been mismanaged, marked by shoddy construction; and disregard for local rights, life, and marine and rainforest ecology. Chinese mining investment in Madang against local wishes can only be described as an invasion of sovereign peoples, and will be resisted at all costs.



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