Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 18th, 2006
Glyptothorax exodon: Courtesy of Heok Hee Ng.
In some media accounts, it is being called another "lost world." In others, the "Heart of Borneo." Over 52 new species of plants and animals have been discovered there from July 2005 through September 2006.
"The more we look the more we find," said Stuart Chapman, WWF International coordinator for the study of the "Heart of Borneo," a 85,000-square-mile rain forest in the center of the island where several of the new species were found. "These discoveries reaffirm Borneo’s position as one of the most important centers of biodiversity in the world."
The discoveries bring the total number of species newly identified on the island to more than 400 since 1996, according to WWF, known in North America as the World Wildlife Fund.
…Creatures discovered between July 2005 and September 2006 were six Siamese fighting fish, whose unique colors and markings distinguish them from close relatives, and a tree frog with bright green eyes.
[A new] catfish, which can be identified by its pretty color pattern, is named Glyptothorax exodon, a reference to the teeth that can be seen even when the its mouth is closed. The suction cups on its belly enable it to stick to smooth stones while facing the current of Indonesia’s turbulent Kapuas River system.
For more, see Associated Press, December 18, 2006, "WWF: 52 new species discovered on Borneo.”