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Crayola Katydid & Cowboy Frog Among 46 Newfound Jungle Species [LiveScience 2012-01-24]
[Photo] Nicknamed a cowboy frog, this possible new species (Hypsiboas sp.) sports white fringes along the legs and a spur on its heel. CREDIT: © Paul Ouboter
Other fascinating species discovered in the region that scientists had seen before include:
"The area was paradise for the entomologists among us, with spectacular and unique insects everywhere — I didn't even have to look for ants, because they jumped out at me," said Leeanne Alonso, a former director of Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program who is now with Global Wildlife Conservation. "You can really get up close to wildlife here — a camera trap recorded a jaguar about one hundred yards from our camp."
The scientists also uncovered extensive cave petroglyphs, or rock carvings, near the village of Kwamalasamutu in a site known as Werehpai, the oldest known human settlement in southern Suriname, with recent estimates suggesting first signs of habitation 5,000 years ago. Conservation International is working with local communities to preserve and promote Werehpai for ecotourism — it offers the most concentrated set of petroglyphs ever recorded in the Amazonian Basin.
"The Kwamalasamutu area's pristine nature and cultural heritage make it a unique destination for more adventurous tourists, who enjoy trekking through the dense rain forest to discover flora and fauna," said Annette Tjon Sie Fat, director of Conservation International's Suriname program.
Researchers will head back to southern Suriname in March to continue the exploration of this region. The findings of the 2010 expedition were published in December in the Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program's Bulletin of Biological Assessment series.
Source: LiveScience - http://www.livescience.com
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