Scientists Discovers 60 New Species in Suriname's Mountain Rainforests

Scientists Discovers 60 New Species in Suriname's Mountain Rainforests

Sixty new species have been discovered in Suriname by scientists. These species include a chocolate-colored frog and a tiny dung beetle which is less than 3mm in length.

Scientists went on an expedition in 2012. The main aim of this expedition was to explore an area of rivers, mountains and rainforest in the south-eastern region of Suriname that has "virtually no human influence".

11 new species of fish, one new snake, six new frogs and a host of new insects were found by the scientists in the South American country.

The Chocolate coloring of the frog gave it a name cocoa frog. It feeds on leaves and lives on trees. It uses its round discs on its fingers and toes to climb.

Amongst the other new findings were a ruby-colored Lilliputian beetle and was named so after its small size. It is probably the second smallest beetle in South American.

The team has to travel first by plane, then by helicopter, then by boat and on foot, with help from 30 men from indigenous communities due to inaccessible nature of the area.

In total, they found 1,378 different species. Their report was accomplished by saying that there are very few places left on Earth that are as pristine and untouched as this region.


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