Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Researchers also found a new species of the frog Eleutherodactylus. Like many frogs, its colors help it blend into its surroundings. (James I. Watling/ Conservation International)

This type of ant is called Odontomachus -- known more commonly as trap-jaw ants due to their unique jaw stucture. They can snap up their prey in a split second. They're among the fastest in the world. (Jeffrey Sosa-Calvo/ Conservation International)

Eleutherodactylus chiastonotus is a frog species that was recorded during the Rapid Assessment project done in 2005. Its can only be found within the Guyana Shield, a region of northern South America that includes Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and a small portion of Brazil. (James I. Watling/ Conservation International)

This frog species is called Epipedobates trivittatus. Its orange stripes make it different from frogs found in other areas of Suriname. This frog was recorded during a survey in 2005 and on two follow-ups in 2006. Male frogs of this species often carry tadpoles on their backs. (James I. Watling/ Conservation International)

Canthon triangularis is a dung beetle documented in 2005. This was just one of over 40 species of dung beetle documented, of which as many as 30% may be species new to science. Dung beetles are valuable to ecosystem health. By digging through soil, they air it out and allow the recycling of nutrients. (Trond Larsen/ Conservation International)

The Amazonian snail-eater snake, Dipsas indica. This snake feeds on snails, which it extracts from their shells. Found in tropical South America, from the Amazon Basin to Bolivia and northern Argentina, this beautiful snake depends on closed rainforest and is thus vulnerable to any disturbance to its habitat. (James I. Watling/ Conservation International)

This remarkable looking toad may be a new species. It was discovered in mid-2006 by two Surinamese scientists, Paul Ouboter and Jan Mol. Suriname was previously known as Dutch Guyana, and some of the population still has Dutch roots. This genus contains a number of neotropical species, many of which are listed on the international Red List of Threatened Species due to population declines. (Paul Ouboter/ Conservation International)

This fish species of the genus Guyanancistrus, discovered in 2005, is new to science. It is believed to be all over eastern plateaus of Suriname, on the northern coast of South America, but has been found nowhere else. The ecologists who found it were surprised by the unusually large size of its mouth. (Adrian Flynn/ Conservation International)

The ant species Daceton armigerum is a highly visible predator in the forest canopy in Suriname. It nests and forages in trees throughout South America. (Piotr Naskrecki/ Conservation International)

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