New insect species discovered in Borneo

This video is called Crazy Looking Creatures – Expedition Borneo – BBC wildlife.

Translated from Dutch Vroege Vogels radio:

New species in Borneo

Sunday, September 23, 2012 9.9

A team of international scientists has discovered on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo at least three species which are new to science. The Dutch expedition leader Menno Schilthuizen of Naturalis Biodiversity Center announced that this Sunday on Vroege Vogels radio. They are two carrion beetle species and a new damselfly. Because they have just been discovered they have not yet been named.

The scientists have already been in Borneo for weeks to investigate the thousands of endemic plants and animals which are found there. The heart of the expedition is the famous Mount Kinabalu, with its 4095 meters one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia. Central question is how all these unique species have evolved here. Among the 40 scientists from Naturalis and the Malaysian Sabah Parks conservation organization, there are insect experts, bird watchers, botanists, amphibian specialists and snails researchers.

Besides the carrion beetles and dragonfly, also a new site was discovered where the rare pitcher plant (Nepenthes edwardsiana) grows. This carnivorous plant is only found on Mount Kinabalu. According to Schilthuizen this is a unique and important find.

The English language blog of the expedition is here.

October 2012. At the conclusion of a large scale expedition on the island of Borneo, researchers of the Malaysian nature conservation organization Sabah Parks and Naturalis Biodiversity Center in The Netherlands collected some 3500 DNA samples of more than 1400 species. Among these are approximately 160 species new to science: here.

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    October 4th, 2012

    12:12 PM ET

    160 new species found on Malaysian peak

    About 160 new species have been discovered on a mountain in Borneo, researchers reported Thursday.

    Fungi and spiders dominate the new species on Mount Kinabalu, the Malaysian and Dutch researchers said, but there are also new beetles and snails on the creature list and ferns on the plant list.

    A frog the researchers found may also prove to be new once DNA testing is done, they said.

    “While the detailed scientific work will take years, we already know that many of these species are new to science,” researcher József Geml said in a press release.

    The research was conducted by Sabah Parks, a Malaysian conservation organization, and Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands.

    They went to the mountain to collect DNA samples and try to determine whether species there evolved recently or long ago on the Malaysian peak.

    At 13,435 feet, Kinabalu is the largest mountain in the Malay archipelago. It is a Malaysian national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    All told, about 3,500 DNA samples were collected from more than 1,400 species. Researchers plan a publication on how evolution works in Borneo by the middle of next year.


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