Sixty new species discovered in Suriname

Cocoa frog found in Suriname. Image by Stuart V Nielsen/Conservation International

Cocoa frog found in Suriname. Image by Stuart V Nielsen/Conservation International

Scientists spent three weeks in the rainforest of Suriname and found no less than 60 new species, a few of which may even be new genera, and saw an encouraging total of 1378 species: evidence that this area is one of the most pristine in the world, although higher-than-normal mercury contamination indicates that nowhere in the world is completely free of human impact.

You can see some fascinating images here – look out for the margay (wild cat), conehead katydid, purpleheart tree,  and horned beetles.

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