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Love Dart Shooting Slug Discovered In Borneo

April 23rd 2010 01:03
A high-altitude slug, discovered on Mount Kinabalu in Southeast Asia, has a tail three times the length of its head and shoots calcium carbonate "love darts" during courtship to inject a hormone into a mate.

The slug is just one of 123 new species found in the rainforest of Borneo since 2007. Other new species include a flying and lungless frog, a bright flame like orange snake with blue stripes, and the world's largest "stick" insect.

A report by the global conservation group WWF on the discoveries also calls for protecting the threatened species and equatorial rain forest on Borneo, the South China Sea island that is the world's third-largest and is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

"The challenge is to ensure that these precious landscapes are still intact for future generations," said the report released Thursday.

The search for the new species was part of the Heart of Borneo project that started in February 2007 and is backed by the WWF and the three countries that share the island.

The aim is to conserve 85,000 square miles (220,000 square kilometers) of rain forest that was described by Charles Darwin as "one great luxuriant hothouse made by nature for herself."

The Heart of Borneo, the core island area the conservation effort targets, is home to ten species of primate, more than 350 birds, 150 reptiles and amphibians and a staggering 10,000 plants that are found nowhere else in the world, the report says

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Comment by Andy Tope

April 23rd 2010 02:31
Hey Steve, only just realised you beat me to it! hehe. Great post.

Comment by Steve Gann

April 23rd 2010 03:59
No problem Andy, I switched mine from the Asia category to environment. It's a good story so the more we reach the better!

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