This blog post is not about the “possible” 300 new species but is about the 3 non hyped new species that were described recently.

A lot of news agencies reported the possible 300 plus new species that were discovered by the 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition. The team headed by the California Academy of Sciences, is composed of  scientists from the University of the Philippines (UP),  the De la Salle University, University of Batangas, the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and the National Museum of the Philippines.  The expedition which started last April 26 and lasted for 42 days, was made possible thru the generous support of Margaret and Will Hearst.  Click here to learn more about the expedition.

I have no doubts that they have found new species because they are experts in their respective fields.  However, the full scientific description of these would most likely be in a few more months (or even upto more than a year).  I guess we’ll have to wait.

The stick, the worm, and the lizard. (not to scale)

There are however,  some other new species that have been scientifically described this year without much hype. These include

a new stick insect from Panay (Ophicrania conlei, Gottardo 2011 [1]), a new lung worm from a skink (Kurilonema browni, Kuzmin and Tkach 2011 [2]), and a new Flap-Legged Forest Gecko from Luzon (Luperosaurus angliit, Brown, Diesmos, and Oliveros 2011 [3]).

I will write about the new gecko named “the little one” in the near future. I still have a couple of papers I have been wanting to write about and I’m too busy fixing my new setup.

Until my next new-species-discovered post, I’ll leave you with this very nice WWF ad (Rough translation: The earth gives us everything, give back to the earth together with the WWF).


[1] Gottardo, M. (2011). Occurrence of the genus Ophicrania Kaup (Insecta: Phasmatodea) in Panay island (Philippines) and description of a new species Comptes Rendus Biologies, 334 (4), 320-326 DOI: 10.1016/j.crvi.2011.01.006

[2] Kuzmin, Y., & Tkach, V. (2011). Description of a New Species of Kurilonema (Nematoda: Rhabdiasidae) From Lungs of the Skink Sphenomorphus abdictus aquilonius (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) in the Philippines Journal of Parasitology, 97 (3), 506-512 DOI: 10.1645/GE-2578.1

[3] Brown, R., Diesmos, A., & Oliveros, C. (2011). New Flap-Legged Forest Gecko (Genus Luperosaurus) from the Northern Philippines Journal of Herpetology, 45 (2), 202-210 DOI: 10.1670/10-123.1