20 most unusual animals found in the last 20 years
• 20 most unusual animals found in the last 20 years
The International Organization for Wildlife Conservation conducted a study entitled "Rapid Assessment Program" throughout the world since 1990. To mark the 20th anniversary, the organization made a rating of "Top 20" species, which were found during the RAP expedition.
This emperor scorpion length of 8 inches is one of the largest scorpions in the world. Some species from India only slightly longer. This scorpion was found during a 2006 study in Ghana. Despite its huge size, scorpions feed mainly on termites and other small invertebrates, but its venom is not particularly harmful to humans.
The picture shows a sheet-devil gecko that was seen during the study in Madagascar in 1998. This species was first described in 1888, and is a common inhabitant of the virgin forests of Madagascar. In 2004, the World Wildlife Fund has brought all the leaf-geckos in the list of "Most exterminated" because they are "caught and sold in large quantities."
The alien visitor.
This "salamander-alien 'was found during an expedition to the PBO Ecuador in 2009. This type of salamander has webbed feet that help them climb trees in the rainforest. They also do not have lungs. This new species was found in tropical rain forests in the south of Ecuador.
This frog was discovered in 2008 during an expedition to the PBO Foya mountains, which are in the Indonesian province of Papua. This frog has a long, like Pinocchio, the projection on the nose, which is raised up when the male looking for a female or down, when it is less active. His discovery was a fluke: herpetologist Paul Oliver spotted him sitting on a bag of rice in the campsite.
What big eyes!
This tree frog with huge eyes, length of 6 inches, was found near a mountain river during an expedition on the mountain wilderness PAB in Papua - New Guinea in 2008. It belongs to a group of frogs with an unusual pattern on venopodobnym centuries.
The Legacy of the Incas.
Shinshillopodobnaya wood rat was discovered in 1997 during an expedition to the PBO ridge Vilkabama in Peru, which is in close proximity to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. This beast, pale gray has a stocky build, has long claws and has a white stripe along the head.
Fruit bat with tubopodobnym nose.
In this fruit bat with trubopodobnym nose, a native of the ridge Mueller in Papua - New Guinea, yet has no name, but it has also been seen in other parts of New Guinea. This bat was discovered in 1999 by researchers of the TSP.
This new kind of smoky medososa was discovered in 2005 during an expedition to the PBO Foya Mountains in the Indonesian province on the island of New Guinea.
This species of birds found in the forests of the south-east of Guinea during the RAP studies in 2003. Previously, this species was observed in the eastern part of Sierra Leone, Liberia and western Côte d'Ivoire.
The Walking shark.
Walking shark was discovered during the RAP expedition to Indonesian bay Kanderavash in 2006. Despite its name, this shark can swim. But she prefers to go for a gentle reefs with their fins and eat shrimp, crabs, snails and small fish.
What is the color! This flashing wrasse was discovered during an expedition in 2006 in the western part of Papua, Indonesia. Males go through an amazing courtship ritual in which they light up the electrical impulses of different colors with a swimming by females.
This type of catfish was discovered during the RAP expedition in Suriname in 2005. Flat mouth fish allows it to attach to other fish and thus go in their direction.
This pavlinopodobny grasshopper was discovered during an expedition in 2006 to the mountains Akarana Guyana. This is a large insect of tropical forest uses two effective strategies to protect themselves: first, it looks like a fallen leaf, and if he is in danger, it raises a pair of wings with a pattern in the form of the eyes and begins to jump so that his opponent took his giant bird's head.
Meet this TSP.
Grasshopper PBO was detected in a study in 2002 in Ghana and Guinea. It was named in honor of the TSP program, since living in the most dangerous habitat in West Africa, and the TSP program is designed to protect this species.
The debut of a dragonfly.
This new kind of dragonfly was found during the investigation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Males of this species have a unique combination of colors that set it apart from other types, namely, a yellow belly and red and white legs.
Cleaning at bats.
This type of insect lives only in one cave ridge Simandoa, Guinea, where they were discovered in 2002. They feed on the guano of giant fruit bats that inhabit the cave.
Ants with hooks. Scientists, like all predators, mammals or birds, think twice before you approach the kryukopodobnomu ant, which lives in the forests of Cambodia. Curved hooks at the back of the ant easily dig into the skin. These ants were discovered during an expedition to Cambodia Virashi national park in 2007.
A tiny ant with a giant bite.
Brindle ant may not be as big as a tiger, but he is also fierce and dangerous for small invertebrate creatures caught in the fallen leaves of the rainforest. It was found during an expedition to the PBO ridge Mueller in Papua - New Guinea in 2009.
The most difficult in the world of Spider.
Tarantulas Goliath, is very massive spider in the world, weighing 6 ounces (170 grams). This sample was discovered scientific team of the TSP in 2006 in Guyana. Despite its name, they feed mainly on invertebrates, but also eat small mammals, lizards and even poisonous snakes.
... Old and new.
Prehistoric spider Ateva was discovered during an expedition in 2006 in Ghana Forest Reserve Ateva. This new species belongs to a number of animals, which have not changed since prehistoric times. His age has more than 300 million years. They are now found only in Central and South America and West Africa.