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New Frogs and Geckos and Pigeons, Oh My!
Environmentalists investigating the remote western side of New Guinea discovered several new species, including a gargoyle-faced gecko and the Pinocchio of frogs.

Pinocchio Frog

A new species of frog, Long-nosed tree frog (Litoria sp. nov.), was discovered by Paul Oliver of Australia with funding from the National Geographic Society. It was among a handful of new species discovered in remote New Guinea in 2008. 

Tim Laman, National Geographic Society

Imperial Pigeon

A new three-toned pigeon, called the Imperial pigeon (Ducula sp. nov.), was also found on the Indonesian island.

Neville Kemp

Butterfly

A new butterfly (Ideopsis fojana) was uncovered in Indonesia. New Guinea and Australia were once connected and so have similar life forms, but they have adapted differently in each place, scientists from the expedition explained.

Henk van Mastrigt

Blossom Bat

The blossom bat (Syconycteris sp. nov.), one of many new species discovered in New Guinea, Indonesia.

Tim Laman, National Geographic Society

Tree Mouse

A tree mouse (Pogonomys sp. nov.), likely a new species discovered by Kristofer Helgen of the Smithsonian Institution in Indonesia.

Tim Laman, National Geographic Society

Gargoyle Gecko

A new gecko (Crytodactylus sp. nov.) was discovered by Paul Oliver of Australia, with funding from the National Geographic Society. "Herpetologists (experts in snakes, lizards etc.) have good reflexes," observed one of Oliver's colleagues, adding that "he managed to just jump and grab the thing" off a tree.

Tim Laman, National Geographic Society

Woolly Giant Rat

Woolly giant rat (Mallomys sp. nov.) New species. A related article, with images by Tim Laman, appears in the June issue of National Geographic magazine. To view more images, go to www.ngm.com/foja.
Tim Laman, National Geographic Society

World's Tiniest Kangaroo

The world's tiniest known member of the kangaroo family, a wallaby (Dorcopsulus sp. nov.), was discovered by Kristofer Helgen of the Smithsonian Institution.

Tim Laman/National Geographic

New Frogs and Geckos and Pigeons, Oh My!

Environmentalists investigating the remote western side of New Guinea discovered several new species, including a gargoyle-faced gecko and the Pinocchio of frogs.

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