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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Protect the Mozambique forest found on Google Earth, scientists say

Mount Mabu rainforest teeming with new and unique
species including pygmy chameleons and bronze-colour
 snakes

Pygmy chameleon found in Mount Mabu, Mozambique
This pygmy chameleon is one of many such unique and new species discovered in the Mount Mabu forest of Mozambique. Photograph: Kew Gardens/Julian Bayliss

A remote rainforest in Mozambique discovered using Google Earth has so many new and unique species that it should be declared a protected area, scientists say.
Pygmy chameleons, a bronzed bush viper and butterflies with shimmering yellow wings are among the species in the forests covering Mount Mabu in northern Mozambique.
Mount Mabu, the last untouched place n the world (17 photos)
Papilio ophidicephalus - the Emperor swallowtail butterfly


One such species is a golden-eyed bush viper with bronze-edged scales (Atheris mabuensis) which Julian Bayliss, a conservation scientist for Kew Gardens, found by stepping on during a survey. His team is also waiting to describe a further two species of snake. A new species of chameleon (Nadzikambia baylissi) has already been described from the site, and the researchers are also describing another. The size of a human palm, with a warm yellow chest, green eyes and a spiky crest along its back,Rhampholeon sp. are commonly known as pygmy chameleons.

the golden-eyed bush viper
From the Guardian
Mount Mabu, the last untouched place n the world (17 photos)
A weird beatle found in Mount Mabu

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