Scientists Discover 200 New Species In New Guinea

A pink-eyed katydid discovered in the Muller Range.

Scientists have discovered more than 200 species of plants and animals in isolated parts of Papua New Guinea.

The discoveries comprise 24 species of frogs, two mammals, nine plants and around 200 insects and spiders.

They were unearthed by scientific expeditions synchronized by Conservation International in PNG's rugged Muller Ranges and Nakanai Mountains.

Cute little feather-tailed possum

Among the diccoveries were a tube-nosed bat, tiny long-nosed frog and a white-tailed mouse found at sites 1,500 meters above sea level.

The Nakanai Mountains are home to some of the world's biggest underground rivers and cave systems.

Conservation International says the discoveries reinforce PNG's push to have the area put on the World Heritage List.

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